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Silly question?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Does the starting temp of the meat affect the plateau? I mean, if I throw a butt on the smoker right out of the fridge will it have a longer plateau than say a butt that's been sitting at room temp for a few hours (obviously it will take longer to cook...)?

I'm sure this is a silly question based upon everything I've read (the plateau is different from piece to piece), but was just curious to any opinions. Thanks.

post #2 of 12
No effect in my opinion and there are no silly questions. I do think I get a better smoke ring with cold meats tho
post #3 of 12
I agree with piney, they say the smoke ring stops forming in the 130's, and that cold meat stays in that range longer.
post #4 of 12
I agree %100 with what Piney said
post #5 of 12
I've just learned something new to apply to my butt smoke tomorrow (Saturday). I was planning on leaving it out while the grill was pre-heating, now it will go on straight from the fridge.
post #6 of 12
Just allow a little more time....
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Excellent. I too am doing a smoke tomorrow (butts, chix, and a slab of ribs just cuz) so that info will come in handy. I am hosting a little gathering and need to have everything ready by 6 pm-ish. I'm doing two 6.5 lb butts so I'm hoping *crosses fingers* that if I start by 4:30 am that the butts will be done by then. I'm doing a slab of ribs for lunch (figure I'll start 'em around 6 am) and then put in the chix after I take the ribs off. I'm also doin' dogs and burgers on the gasser just in case. icon_smile.gif

Should be a good time!

Thanks again for the info!

post #8 of 12
i go straight from fridge to ECB with my ribs - good smoke ring - bacon-on-a-stick.
post #9 of 12
Don't forget to put on a breakfast fattie on in the morning when the butts go on. It will be done about the time the rest of the family wakes up.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
icon_smile.gif Sounds like a good plan! The wife told me she has a problem with eating something called a 'fatty'. She said if it was called something else she might try it...icon_smile.gif
post #11 of 12
Heck my wife rolls the fatties around here. She had been saying she didn't want a breakfast fattie until we made one. Now she says it was our best one yet. Last weekend when I did my pulled pork, breakfast was a fattie, lunch was ribs, afternoon snack was abt's and dinner was pulled pork and Dutch's beans-all from the smoker. Sounds like you will have a similar day going this weekend. Can't wait for the q-view!!
post #12 of 12
Tell her it's a stuffed burger or pork loaf.
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