I have only smoked 9 to 10# butts and I found a 3.5# at the grocery store yesterday. I was wondering if I could get cooked a lot quicker that the big ones. I also have always cooked at 220 to 240 for my butts. Will it be as tender with the higher temp of 275-285. I plan to pull it at 195 to 200 degrees. I am also cooking two spatched chickens during the same session and the higher temp works for them. Anyone got any hints for success?
Smokin' a small pork butt - how do they differ from the BIG Butts?
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Biggest difference? It will cook quicker!
Be sure to monitor your internal temp. For a 3.5# butt smoked at 225 you should be done in about 7 hours or less. Keep your eye on that IT....200 IT for pulled pork...175 - 185 for sliced or minced!