Originally Posted by Bearcarver
Maybe too low for a frozen or partly frozen Butt, but 220° to 240° works fine for me. Never had a problem.
Actually 275° is my Max smoker temp, along with probably at least half of the members of SMF.
Yes, my friend I know it works well for you and many others. I still cook low and slow ribs myself. But I see far too many threads on SMF where there are these types of problems when cooking pork butts, tough meat that won't pull is just one example. The other all too common one is the low and slow butt that takes forever because of the stall and dinner is delayed or missed, not to mention the angry spouses. There are almost too many of these threads posted here. I've read more than a handful in the past few days and I believe that the problems can be resolved most easily by cooking pork butts at higher temperatures. Even the max of 275° on an MES will cook a butt at a rate of 65-70 minutes per pound and the quality will not suffer. In fact I have come to the conclusion that the quality of the final product is better when I cook at higher temps than it was when I cooked low and slow.
There are several distinct advantages to cooking butts at higher temperatures-
1. Depending on the cook temperature cooking time is cut to between 45 and 70 minutes per pound of pre cooked weight
2. The cook time is shortened making it more predictable- I usually allow 7 hours cook time for an 8 pound butt cooked at 300°-315°, with a rest of another hour, if dinner is at 5PM then the butt will go on no later than 9AM. I have not had a delayed dinner yet cooking this way.
3. There is no stall, no stall means no foiling at 165° to get through the stall or waiting an indeterminate amount of time for it to end.
4. No more "overnighters" where lack of sleep or otherwise impaired judgment can mean crisis or failure.
5. No more "overnighters" where the power goes off or the fire goes out while the cook is asleep.
Bear, I want, as much as anyone here, to see people succeed and I sincerely believe that anyone who is cooking a butt for the first time should not cook it at 225° because It hurts their chances for success.