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How should I finish my late night butt smoke?

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So I started smoking a 9 lb butt today around 11:00am. It's been wrapped in foil since 165F Current temp is 195F. I'm at 225F and I'd like to take it to 205. I gotta tell you, I'm so tired after working outside in the heat all day I can barely function. I suspect the shoulder will hit 205 sometime around midnight. I typically wrap in a towel and stick it in a cooler for an hour prior to pulling. I don't want to end up pulling at 2am. I'd rather do it tomorrow morning.

What are my options? Can I just turn the MES off when it reaches 200 or even 205 and let the wrapped butt sit in the smoker until morning? Or will it overcook? Or is there a risk of it spoiling? Or am I going to have to beat the bullet and pull this thing in the middle of the night?
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You can turn the MES down to about 175 after it gets to 205 & it should stay warm without overcooking .

 

Al

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