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Small "big cuts" Killing Me

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A couple weeks ago, I smoked a 4lb brisket that took 9 hrs. Yesterday, I did a 3.5lb pork shoulder that took 8 hrs. Both had to be foiled to help bring IT up and both ended up dry by the time they hit 200 IT. I'm doing two 8lb butts this weekend. Should I just foil them at 160?

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Try a higher pit temp. I've been smoking butts running the pit at 285-300 and get the same results as low and slow, only a bunch faster. I prefer to not foil even with low and slow. I just make sure I have the time to do it. My last low and slow butt took 21 hours (2) 9 pounders, pit temp was 250. That was two years ago. Since then it's been higher temp pit, and done in about 1 hour per pound.
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I have a MES30. I can only go 275, but I certainly planned to turn up the temp

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A couple weeks ago, I smoked a 4lb brisket that took 9 hrs. Yesterday, I did a 3.5lb pork shoulder that took 8 hrs. Both had to be foiled to help bring IT up and both ended up dry by the time they hit 200 IT. I'm doing two 8lb butts this weekend. Should I just foil them at 160?

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If your wanting to speed up your smoke go ahead and foil them at 160. Being 8lbs they shouldn't end up dry. I alway cook my butts to 205 or until I get decent bone wiggle.
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Sounds like you have some options!

 

Let us know how they turn out.

 

Al

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