Pics from latest pork butt from yesterday. Was quite a long smoke as I started it about 7 p.m. for an overnight smoke. When I got up it was around 168, so it was progressing nicely.
Problem is, I had to run an errand and forgot to increase the timer. When I came back, I noticed it had lost about 10 degrees and the smoker temp had dropped to 130.
I immediately thought to myself..."you idiot, forgot to increase the time". Anyway, got it back on track and finished in time for dinner.
One thing I have been realizing lately is that it is quite obvious (to me, at least) that pellets do not give the same amount of smoke flavor as chips do. I remember when I first got my smoker I did my first butt with chips and I can remember the smoke taste would linger in my mouth for quite a while..not the same with pellets. I am thinking this is one of the reasons my wife has preferred my previous smokes more, because she isn't that into smoked meats as I am and the pellets just seem to have a milder smoke flavor in the end.
I'm thinking the next time I have a long smoke, I'm going to try chips for the first few hours and then switch to pellets for the overnight.
Has anyone else come to a similar conclusion?