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First Pork Butt with Qview

post #1 of 11
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Decided to smoke my first butt on my WSM.  


Bought a 7.5 pounder yesterday morning and made a batch of Jeffs Rub.  I gave that rub a quick taste and hot dang is it tasty.  Cant wait to try it on the pork for dinner tonight.  I also made a batch of Jeffs BBQ sauce and some of Chef JJ's finishing sauce.  I don't know if I will be using the BBQ sauce because I like a dryer sandwich but we are having guests over and also my wife loves sweet and spicy BBQ sauce on her sandwiches.  Plan on mixing in some of the finishing sauce when I first pull the butt apart and leaving some on the side at the table.  But I digress. 


Heres the butt all rubbed down


Heres the pic of the butt all rubbed down, wrapped up, and sitting in the fridge.



I did not take any extra pics of anything yet because at 4 AM I was lucky just to be able to figure out how to light up the smoker.


I used half hickory and half apple wood for the smoke today so we will see how that combo works out. Minion method and KBB.  Temp has held pretty steady at around 240 but I had to get all the vents mostly closed maybe 10% open to keep it from getting too hot.  I am guessing thats because I have only used the smoker a handful of times so far.  I am almost 7 hours into it and it has stalled at 164-165 for a long while now.  I will keep the posts coming to update the progress.  Thanks for watching. 

Edited by cracker1397 - 1/2/15 at 8:06am
post #2 of 11

For what it is worth, I did a pork butt about 2 weeks ago (which was my FIRST smoke ever btw...) and I did almost all the things you have.


More specifically:

1) I used 1/2 hickory, 1/2 apple

2) Used KBB


I had a huge stall as well.  eventually I foiled at the very end only because I had kids I had to feed and get into bed.


It turned out amazing, so I think the combo of the rub, wood selection etc you should be good to go.


BTW I did not sauce it either, but I did take a small crock pot (we have one of those really small ones) and put sauce in that and heat it.  I love BBQ sauce slightly warm.  some folks drizzled just enough over the pork to give it a bit of the sauce taste without drowning it.


here is a link to my post about my pulled pork.  remember I am a bit of a rookie still though



post #3 of 11
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Thanks.  Just read your post.  Very helpful info there.  My concern is I have been producing smoke for most all of the cook and we are going into hour 8 now. Its not much now but still some.  I added 6 chunks of wood most smaller than fist sized but There is still some smoke coming from my smoker.  I am sure it won't really affect the end product too horribly but next time I will try 4 pieces instead of 6.

post #4 of 11

It should be good. Keep notes of what you do so you can adjust for next time. Some people weigh the wood so they can adjust. It is best if you keep the top vent wide open all of the time and adjust the air with the botom vent. If you haven't already take the time to seal up all air leaks for better control.

Jeff or any sauce gets better with age.

Happy smoken.


post #5 of 11
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Stall just broke.  Finally!!!!!!!   A little more than 3 hours.  That was horrible

post #6 of 11

Patience! you will be rewarded in the end.

Happy smoken.


post #7 of 11
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I've now been at 172 for an hour? Can you have 2 stalls on a butt? I cranked the temp from 255 to 275 to see if I could get this thing to move.
post #8 of 11
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Patience paid off.  Its finally done.  I pulled it at a IT of 203 and now its in the cooler for a small rest. 13.5 hours total cook time

post #9 of 11

Based on what you've done, it will probably be the best pulled pork you've ever had. It's hard to have too much smoke on a butt. I think you may enjoy Chef JJ's sauce, too. I use his recipes in a lot of my smokes. If looks are any indication, it's going to be great. Great post and Q-View, I think it deserves...points1.png




post #10 of 11
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Thanks and yes it is amazing and possibly the best I have ever had Lol!!!!! My wife said "finally this is a hobby I can support."



post #11 of 11

Looks great! Way to go on that first Butt!

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