Alright, I installed my gasket kit and am ready to smoke my first butt....actually 2 butts LoL ! Going to rub the butts tonight and get them on smoke tomorrow morning. Pretty excited and I have quite a line of people forming offering to test the meat when complete !
1st Butt on the WSM
Man this is killin me !!! I at 11 hours and stuck in the stall at 171. Took 3 hours to go from 160-170. I am doing this for tomorrows dinner, so no big deal with timing. This is my first butt, so my log book is getting some great data for the next smoke/same day dinner. I will need to start pretty early in the morning. My liver is taking a beating LoL.
I dont want to foil if i dont have too....we will see.
Well, here is the wrap up for this smoke.
At the 15 hour mark the butts made it to 191 degrees, I pulled them off the WSM and foiled them up and into the oven for about an hour. Temps came up in both to 200, so I called it done. Got them in foil pans and did the fork test, nice and tender on the twist. The bear claws made short work of the pull, and man o man is that some tasty butt! The bark is awesome, nice smoke ring and very tender. It was tough, but at 1am i managed to rip through a plate of butt !
For the next smoke, I am going to have to crutch to enjoy the butt same day...I dont see any way around this. And I will need to start much earlier as well. Overall, the gasket kit, fuel, thermometers, everything worked great. Need to plan the next smoke.
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