Recently I purchased a smokenator for my weber kettle charcoal grill. I'm very anxious to use it. I'm planning on smoking an 8 pound pork butt tomorrow using the smokenator with a mix of hickory and apple wood chunks. I'm a complete newb, and this will be my first time ever smoking any type of meat. I'm pretty confident that I can maintain temp control, but I'm really worried about oversmoking the meat. My plan is to add 1 chunk of hickory and 2 chunks of apple on top of the lit coals in the smokenator. Will this be too much wood starting out? Also, at what point if any do I add more wood? From what I have read, when the butt reaches 160 degrees, don't bother adding any more wood. Instead, continue to cook until you reach a temperature of 200 degrees. Is that correct?
Here is my complete plan for smoking my first pork butt:
Tonight - apply rub (http://bbqpitboys.com/recipes/dry-rub-for-pork#.VY690vlVhBc). Is this rub okay? Should I coat it with mustard first, or not? Wrap and store in fridge. Or should I wait until tomorrow morning to apply the rub?
5:00 am - start the grill, add the wood, water pan (using bread loaf pan instead of the small pan that came with the smokenator), and work up to a grate temp of 225
6:00 am - put pork butt on the grill. Do I then stick and leave one of the probes inside the butt or should I just stick it every hour to check meat temp?
8:00 am - possibly add more wood? Again, I'm unsure how much to use. Make sure water pan still has water in it.
10:00 am - should be about 1/3 of the way done. Don't add any more wood correct?
Continue to cook. I don't think I'm going to wrap at 165. I want the nice bark. It's okay not to wrap correct?
6:00 pm - hopefully the meat has reached a temp of 200 degrees. Pull the meat of, wrap in foil, and wait for 30 minutes.
6:30 pm - prove I knew what I was doing by enjoying some of the best pork ever.
Like I said before, my main concern is oversmoking the meat. I don't want to ruin the first meal on my new smokenator. Any help on wood amount and any other advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your help.