Our Celebrate Recovery group celebrates 2 years today at our church and they wanted BBQ. Instead of forking over dough to some retail outlet, I told them I'd smoke it. Went to Sam's and picked up a twin pack weighing 19#. Rubbed em down and wrapped em in plastic wrap on Wednesday night and took them out this morning at 4am. Got the smoker started with lump charcoal around 4:30. Put the butts in around 5am. I'm using a pan of sand for heat retention. Left for Men's Bible Study and got back around 8am. Internal temp was 114 and coals were spent. Dropped another load in and added some soaked apple chunks. (I don't use chips). It's now 9:15 and I have the probe in the slightly smaller of the two butts and the internal temp right now is 134 and climbing. That means I'm at at 4 hours and I've still not hit the 141 mark. Do you guys think I'm still ok?
I figured at about 150 or 155 spritz them will apple juice and double wrap in heavy foil and then let them sit in a moderate heat for about an hour and then pack them a blanket and put them in a cooler until 5pm when we leave for church.
All this sound about right to guys who are pro-foiling?
Am I okay at not getting out of the danger zone just yet?
I'll send some picks when they're done. My smoker is nothing special. It's a very inexpensive Brinkmann Vertical, single-door smoker. I don't have two probes yet so I have no idea really what my smoker temps are. I'm going strictly by internal temp. The door gauge read a little over 300 a little while ago but we all know how inaccurate those things are. One of these days I'll get an Maverick ET-732 or whatever it is that seems to get such high reviews.
UPDATE: It's 9:37 and internal now reads 139.
UPDATE: It's 9:57 and internal now reads 144.
UPDATE: It's 10:30 and internal now reads 160 on the bigger butt.
Time to spritz and double-wrap and put back in the smoker for a low/slow cook for a bit.
Edited by Bimmer - 4/18/14 at 9:03am