Smoked a 7 lb butt earlier this month, it took close to 9 hours.
Figured I will do 2 this time. Started at 200, just because one knowitall friend kept telling me that it is better that way. With temperature rising really slow, bumped it up to 230 after 4 hours. Took a little over 14 hours total for temperature to rise to 165. I just didn't have the energy to go on and at that point I transferred both them to 170 degree oven. Temperature this morning on both was 171 when I transferred them back to the smoker. Yes, on hind sight i could have bumped the temperature to 250 and left them there. But anyway, Since around noon both of them are stuck at 199, that's 6 hours. I thought stalling happens around 165. Both butts has been in the smoker for 23 hours now. I put them back in the oven thinking maybe my smoker is messed up, it hasn't budged one degree.
Is this normal ? How do I ever dare to invite someone over for dinner if I am not sure it will be ready even the next night ? :D
Is something wrong with my smoker ? This is the 3rd time using the smoker and Masterbuilt is willing to send me a new one. I am just not sure what is going on. Should I just take them out, wrap and put them in the ice box ?
My confidence is kind of shot at this point :) Any help would be really appreciated !!