Originally Posted by jimim
ok so the bone test. . .
i know some said not to wrap but for my first time i'm going to wrap. i'll stick the 2 probes in so i make sure i have a proper reading in case one is off a bit. i'll poke em in through the top and keep the seal tight. i'll wait till it hits 200 degrees take it out and then. . .
1. unwrap it. test the bone. if it feels like it will pull out I. . .
2. wrap it back up good and tight with foil, towel and in to a cooler to rest for an hour. . .
3. if it doesn't feel like it will pull out I throw it back in the smoker unwrapped, but then what for a game plan?
sorry if this is confusing cause now I am kinda.
No to overload you, but along with the bone test, you could do a poke test. Take your temp probe and try sliding it into different parts of the butt. If it goes in smoothly with very little resistance, the butt is ready.
If the butt doesn't pass the bone or poke test, close the foil back up and stick it back on the smoker. How long to leave it there depends on how it did on the tests.
If you find yourself pressed for time and the butt doesn't look like it will be ready, crank the temp up on your MES. If it won't go to 300, then put the butt in the oven.
Obviously, this isn't the preferred way to cook a butt, but better to finish this way than to have to order pizza for everyone.