Alright folks i am very very new to smoking and i bought a 14.5lbs pork butt and i am planning on smoking it sunday. I have many questions and i will most likely not remember them all so if you feel i am leaving something important out please by all means tell me. I have a Cabelas 7 in 1 cooker/smoker (propane) and i bought Mesquite chips.
Do you have to soak the chips? i have read that it doesn't much matter!! True or false?
How do i go about setting up the smoker for the meat? Meaning at what temp does the meat go in the smoker? or does it go in right from the very beginning?
Should i check the meat or just let it sit and smoke?
What should i do to the meat the day before? Rub it down with anything etc??
I have read about people wrapping the meat in foil what is that about and do i need to do that?
How long should it take to finish? Not in any hurry i have beer, bottle of whiskey and a few nice cigars so i plan on making this a day.
what is the temp i should be looking to achieve? for the smoker and the meat.
I know i am forgetting stuff and sorry for the randomness of the order of question i just typed them in as they came to me. Thanks for all the input/feed back you will give and i will try to write back to answer any questions you may have for me.