The bark on these was just nothing short of awesome. They pulled great, tasted great. I took 8 pounds to my niece's work. She works at a car dealer where I just got a 2010 Santa Fe. I promised them some food because they basically made nothing on the car deal to Ashley's Uncle. :)
There was a Facebook message waiting for me when I got home. She said they DEVOURED it and it was gone! 8 pounds and 24 rolls. Very gratifying. hehehe.... but I'll remember to take more next time.
These were smoked with Hickory. Smoker temp 275. No foil during the cook. Pulled at 205 IT. Time 7 hours. Wrapped in foil to rest and instead of a cooler I just stuck them in the oven with no heat on at all. After an hour they were still too hot to handle. So THAT part worked as well.
The Learning Part:
Indeed, butts are very forgiving. Also they each have a mind of their own.
275 works just as well as 225, in terms of the result, but takes a lot less time.
Cooking a day ahead guarantees the food will be ready when you are and is FAR less stressful.
For reheating I'm just piling it into a crockpot, adding a cup of apple cider (or juice), turning it on high until the meat heats up, stirring it once in a while to keep it heating evenly, and once it's warmed up I turn it down to Low or Warm depending on which crockpot I'm using.