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My first pork butt!

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I finally got to use my smoker for the first time yesterday (aside from seasoning it). I decided to do a pork butt and followed the step by step instruction provided by Bearcarver.

Put a rub on the 7lb pork butt at 11 pm (next time I'm going to let it sit longer). Woke up at 4 to take it out of the fridge and soak the wood chips (hickory). Woke up again at 5:30 to preheat the smoker. It took longer than I had anticipated and I made the mistake of putting my wood in while it was preheating. I didn't get to put my meat in until 6:15.

I only had one thermometer when I started so I put it through a potato to measure the ambient temperature. I went out and bought another thermometer. Then
at 11:30 I checked the temp of my meat 150*. At 1:45 my temp reached 165* so I put the butt in a pan with apple juice and cover it with foil.

I then made the mistake of running to the store and left my mom in charge I came home and the temp was 257*. I tried to bring it down but the meat temp started to skyrocket. By 3:00 it was already 197*. I was nervous by 4:00 the temp reached 203* and didn't ever increase. I pulled it out at 5:15. We at at 6.

I tried to keep my temps between 230* and 245*. My meat was delicious! Everyone loved it and we made rhino sandwiches - grilled cheese filled with Mac and cheese and pulled pork.

A question for the pro in his directions Bearcarver said he doesn't probe incurred meat until it reaches 135* but how did he know the temp without a thermometer? Thanks! I can't wIt until next weekend to smoke something else. I really want to try my heard at bacon!

post #2 of 5
Those sandwiches look awesome!!! They definitely make me hungry. Nice Job. icon14.gif
post #3 of 5

Looks like you nailed it. That meat looks awesome..



post #4 of 5
Congrats on the smoke, great job.... It all looks real tasty ! kewl.gif
post #5 of 5

Most excellent looking Pork!!   As for your temps hitting 257F Don't worry about it!!  I do mine between 240 and 260 all the time.. 



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