I'm about to venture into smoking Pork Butts for the very first time this weekend . I think I understand all the basics of what I need to do, but I have a very specific question. Here's the story: I'm smoking a 8 lb and a 6 lb pork butt on my WSM for a shindig this Sunday at 1pm. I plan on smoking the butts at about 250 and anticipating it taking about 12 hours (sound right?) My quandry is this....If I want them ready for Sunday at 1pm, when do I start smoking? Seems like I have two choices:
1. Smoke them during the day Saturday and have them done by early evening SATURDAY night
2. Start smoking them Saturday night (start about 11pm) and let them go all night to be done just before 1pm Sunday.
So if I go with #1 and have the butts done on Saturday night, how do I keep them fresh all the way till Sunday at 1pm without refrigerating and then reheating?. If I go with number #2, then I basically am not going to get any sleep Saturday night because I'll be worried about the temperature.
This is only my second smoke ever, so I'm not too sure on what the best approach is. Any advice would be appreciated!