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Labor day butt and chops

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Had a family get together at my grandma's house Sunday so volunteered to smoke a couple pork butts for some pulled pork for everyone to eat on Sunday, and a lil extra for the freezer for the future. Since I had the smoker on and going I threw on some Iowa chops for supper Saturday night. I was out of my normal rub so I used some Famous Dave's rub I had in the cupboard on the butt's.  I also injected them with apple juice mixed with the rub.  The chops I just used a little bit of Tony's, Lawry's, and black pepper.


Fired up the Cook Shack (well plugged it in and turned it on) about 4:00 Saturday.  I used the Cook Shack because I was going to be going overnight with the Butt's and didn't want to babysit the charcoal, or the propane.  Put the butt's on around 4:30 and the chops closer to 5pm. Chops where taken off and done a lil after 8 and the butts weren't done till about 8:00 am the next morning.  I pulled the smaller butt off about 6, but the larger one took a couple hours longer.  


I must have had it a lil too smokey (I'm guessing too much wood in the firebox) for the chops.  Because they tasted VERY smokey.  Kind of cresotey. I will have to be more careful I think about how much wood I use and when I put the meat on in the future.  They where ok, but not the best.  Never had that before with either of my other smokers, I think it may be because the cook shack seals up so tight... The butt's however turned out pretty well!  Juicy, tender, and bark had a decent flavor even with the Famous Daves (kind of poor) rub. 


After resting I pulled the butt's and bagged some for the freezer, the rest went into a crock pot for dinner with the family. I have tried a few apple vinegar based finishing sauces before and didn't care for them much.  I could always taste the vinegar. So I decided to try something on my own, I just mixed about 50/50 apple juice and bbq sauce (Countryside BBQ sauce) along with a lil bit of famous daves rub.  Basically just made the sauce really runny. Then I microwaved it for a bit, whisked it all together and poured over the meat. I was surprised how good that was! Added just a bit more flavor to the meat without being caked in BBQ sauce.  You couldn't really even see it was on there, but you could taste the difference!  I will do that again!


Q-View below (notice no smoke ring from the electric, however smoke flavor was there):








post #2 of 4

Looks great to me!  drool.gif   I don't like to taste vinegar either  beercheer.gif   Nice smoke  thumb1.gif

post #3 of 4

Yummm.....looks great from here.



post #4 of 4

Nice job!  Nothin better that pulled pork!



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