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post #21 of 31
Never foiled a butt in my over ten years of smoking!! Never had one turn out dry either 😄 Take your time and just enjoy the smoking process. Like its been said above the meat will get done when it's good and ready. It's doesn't care if you have dinner plans at six. Pigs never learned how to tell time and their parts sure as hell didn't learn either. Have some beers enjoy time with your family or buddies or dog what or whoever is around. Don't open the door to the smoker. If your looking your not cooking!! Take some pics of the finished product for us all to enjoy. If you relax and don't panic you'll be licking smoky pork goodness off your fingers in no time 😉
post #22 of 31
Thread Starter 
At 153 now 6 hours later I think this could take a while, having a real hard time keeping a steady temp
post #23 of 31

You're getting ready to hit the stall stage, if it does stall at all.  Other than that, steady as she goes.  Leave it alone and keep the door shut.

 

I foil, but only because it cuts down on the cook time.  Foil it up if it's taking too long.  You can also turn the heat up a bit.  Butts are hard to mess up.

post #24 of 31
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Originally Posted by buckinducks View Post

So the consensus is no foil I'll try and stick that as I know I will enjoy the bark !

 

Might be the consensus from the few that made replies, but it will be your choice. Try it both ways & see.

If you don't foil this time, try it next time.

I've tried both ways & I foil them all now. I like nice bark like I get. I don't like rock hard thick bark. Either way has Great juicy meat inside.

 

Here is a Step by Step for when you want to foil a Butt: (Pictures show the Bark I get from foiling at 165*)

 

post #25 of 31
Thread Starter 
Sorry folks today I'm going to foil ! Read bears post right as it hit 165 climbed to 167 and I chucked it in foil, just don't have the time today but next I plan to do this it's getting no foil !
post #26 of 31
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Originally Posted by buckinducks View Post

Sorry folks today I'm going to foil ! Read bears post right as it hit 165 climbed to 167 and I chucked it in foil, just don't have the time today but next I plan to do this it's getting no foil !

 

I think you can go either way and get a good bark, I think the fun of it is trying the different methods and see what you like! I did a couple butts a few weeks ago, and came out with awesome bark. I put them in an disposable aluminum pan  and tented some foil over top, put some foiling juice in the bottom and off it went! This will probably be my go to method as it is super easy to get on and off the smoker, there's not much clean up, and no super hot foil to unwrap/re-wrap during the checks. good luck dueling it out!! :jedismily:

 

 

 

post #27 of 31
Thread Starter 
In conclusion:
I foiled it at 165 due to a bunch of hungry complainers in the house... It went from 165 to 203 in just over an hour and produced a lot of juice in the pan, let it sit for another hour and it was good to go
I would say it turned out 6/10 not a total fail but still tasted good, and I am leaving myself room for a lot of improvement.
I know understand how much fat is actually hiding in there once I pulled it apart and I am going to try and not foil next time.
Things I would do next time:
1) not plan this as a dinner item and just as maybe a midnight snack so nobody is counting on it to be ready
2)try and get more smoky flavour out of it, I'm sure not foiling will help.
3)as per request pull the meat in smaller chunks
4)make a bigger piece so I can enjoy more of it!!

I'd like to thank everyone for the tips and helping me along on my first try
post #28 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by buckinducks View Post

In conclusion:
I foiled it at 165 due to a bunch of hungry complainers in the house... It went from 165 to 203 in just over an hour and produced a lot of juice in the pan, let it sit for another hour and it was good to go
I would say it turned out 6/10 not a total fail but still tasted good, and I am leaving myself room for a lot of improvement.
I know understand how much fat is actually hiding in there once I pulled it apart and I am going to try and not foil next time.
Things I would do next time:
1) not plan this as a dinner item and just as maybe a midnight snack so nobody is counting on it to be ready
2)try and get more smoky flavour out of it, I'm sure not foiling will help.
3)as per request pull the meat in smaller chunks
4)make a bigger piece so I can enjoy more of it!!

I'd like to thank everyone for the tips and helping me along on my first try

 

Nice Job!!!Thumbs Up

Looks Fine!!:drool

 

Tip: Your Number 1 isn't necessary. If you want it for Dinner at 5PM, plan for it to be finished at 1 or 2PM. That way you could be up to 3 or 4 hours off, and still be done in time. And if it really is done at 1 PM, you can foil it & put it in a dry cooler with towels until Dinner time. It will stay hot that way for hours & hours & hours!!

 

Bear


Edited by Bearcarver - 8/10/14 at 1:48pm
post #29 of 31
Yeah what Bearcarver said!! You can make it for a dinner party just have to get the timing down biggrin.gif
post #30 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by buckinducks View Post

In conclusion:
I foiled it at 165 due to a bunch of hungry complainers in the house... It went from 165 to 203 in just over an hour and produced a lot of juice in the pan, let it sit for another hour and it was good to go
I would say it turned out 6/10 not a total fail but still tasted good, and I am leaving myself room for a lot of improvement.
I know understand how much fat is actually hiding in there once I pulled it apart and I am going to try and not foil next time.
Things I would do next time:
1) not plan this as a dinner item and just as maybe a midnight snack so nobody is counting on it to be ready
2)try and get more smoky flavour out of it, I'm sure not foiling will help.
3)as per request pull the meat in smaller chunks
4)make a bigger piece so I can enjoy more of it!!

I'd like to thank everyone for the tips and helping me along on my first try

 

Figuring things out and finding out how you like things done is most of the fun.  Don't rush past it.

post #31 of 31

Looks good!!  Not a bad first butt

 

Scott

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