I'm doing my first cook tomorrow and decided on doing a Boston Butt. I'm not going to inject or marinade this one. Just rub and put on smoker. I do have a spray bottle that I planned to use for spritzing apple juice/ACV. Does anyone have a recommendation on how often to spritz? I have seen people say every half hour, but I feel like you'd lose a lot of heat that way and waste time with recovery. Is it worth spritzing? It is my first cook so temp control might be harder for me with opening every half hour to spritz.
I have question on smoke temp/cook time. Ideally, I want to get it finished up by halftime for the noon Packer game. I realize this does mean I'll be getting up a little early, but still need some sleep tonight. I've seen most recommendations for cook temp have been 225 and timing taking anywhere between 1.25-1.5 hours / lb. At a minimum that would put me at a cook time of 10.5 hours. I'm not sure I want to get up at 2 to prep and get on by 3 though. Is there anything wrong with upping temp to 275 and shooting for 8 hour cook time? Thanks!!!