I have a dinner party tomorrow evening at 5:30 PM EST and I am planning to smoke two boston butts (both around 8 pounds). I had planned to put them on around 5 AM and take them off at 5 PM (or when they reach 195 degrees). But that doesn't give any time to rest.
So the thought occurred to me that I could start the grill up around 11 PM tonight and put the butts on around midnight. Get the smoker leveled out and go to bed. The outside temperature is expected to be 60 degrees as a low with little to no wind.
I have the thermometer that I can set to alert me when the meat reaches the desired temp and also to alert me if the smoker temp goes above/below a target range.
I've yet to do a smoke where I didn't have to work the smoker grates a little here or there to maintain 230.
I've never smoked overnight....good idea? bad idea?