So I have a cheapo Kingsford Charcoal Water smoker I bought at Walmart. Stayed cheap in case I didn't like it.
Got a 5.08lb pork butt with bone. Did a rub I found online, kingsford charcoal and apple wood chips.
Got the smoker to 225 without much trouble. Added apple juice and water to water pan. Inserted a wired temp gauge (15 bucks) into pork. Added wood chips to the sides of charcoal piles and they smolder ed good. No flames.
At about 4 hrs the temp was 140 so I stopped the chips and did a decent job of maintaining 225 ish.
I hit that "stall" period I read about around 160 at maybe the 6 or 7 hr mark. I tried best not to freak out while the temp almost never moved. It finally did.
Around the 9-10 hr mark the internal temp was still around 170 ish. Then at maybe 176 at the 10 hr mark the temp gauge shit the bed. Jumped to 280 out of no where and wouldn't move. Ran next door and grabbed an even cheaper one (9 bucks) at a cheapo type store. That one never read over 89...
Paranoid I wrapped the pork in foil then in towel and put it in cooler.
Soooo....meat was still tough so now it's in my oven at 250.
Now I know cheap equipment doesn't help. I fully get that. The smoker ran through a 14lb bag of charcoal. Obviously not efficient. Would a welders blanket help the coals last longer??
I also thought a 5.08lb pork butt would about 8-9 hrs...it's looking more like 12-14??? That right?
I was so excited to do this...ended with such let down. :(
Please help me