Originally Posted by kennyp1114
What temp should i smoke a butt? I started at 225, but when it stalled i went to 270. It was black as a meteor but taste awesome. Total time was around 12 hrs. Thanks a lot, i don't know what i'd do without you folks! This is an awesome forum and Jeff's book is great.
What temp to smoke a butt at is all a matter of opinion. I have done it at 225, 250, 275, 300 and all numbers in between and have had good results with all of them. Try it a few different ways and see what you like. Me personally, 300 works because it's faster and more predictable which is important to me since I don't always have 15-20 hours when I want good bbq. If you want to stick to low and slow, I suggest cutting the butt in half. Cuts down significantly on time and you can even use two different rubs for some variety. I do that all the time. As long as you have thin blue smoke, doesn't matter how long it cooks or if it's at 225 or 300, you will get a juicy tasty butt. Black is not a bad thing. Check out most of pulled pork threads in this site and you'll see black bark everywhere! Good luck and enjoy the results.