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post #1 of 16
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With tips and tricks I'd gathered from here, I attempted my first big smoke this weekend for a party next weekend. It was a lot of work, but I think it's going to be worth it.

I started with 8 butts rubbed down with Jeff's rub Thursday night. Total weight was 65 lbs.

At 4:00 Saturday morning I put 6 in my new propane GOSM. The other 2 went in my MES. Sorry, somehow forgot to take pics of the MES ones. You can really see here how the top ones baste the bottom ones. I rotated the racks around to get even heat on them.

They all got wrapped in foil at 155 around 11:00. By rotating them around, I managed to finish them all to 200 at about the same time. They all went into a cooler at 3:00. Here is a pic right before pulling.

Here they are again about 45 minutes later.

I then put it all in the fridge to cool down. Then Sunday I vacuumed sealed it and froze it since the party isn't until next Saturday. My plan is to heat these bags up in a turkey fryer with hot water. Maybe get it close to boiling but not boil it. Then it will go into a roaster with some of the juices I saved. Here it is vacuumed sealed. 42 lbs of finished product.

I'll post up next Monday with a report on how it went. Wish me luck!
post #2 of 16
Dang, nice job. What a feast. Points for you in this one...
post #3 of 16
That's a lot of pork. It all looks great. POINTS! for pulling off a nice large smoke.
post #4 of 16
Nice job! PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif Looks like it turned out great. points.gif for your first big smoke.
post #5 of 16
Very impressive, nice job. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #6 of 16
Quite an accomplishment.PDT_Armataz_01_37.gifpoints.gif
post #7 of 16
Great job! The PP looks perfect!PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #8 of 16
nice pile of pp there
post #9 of 16
Thats a nice pile of PP,,, looks very good,, You had two of the butts in the MES,, how many butts do you think you could smoke in the MES, I've got a party coming up in August and wondering how many butts a person could smoke at once in a MES
post #10 of 16
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Thanks for all the props!

I might try 3 smaller ones or 2 big ones. I could tell my MES was struggling to hold 240 when the meat was soaking up the heat. I have a feeling the connectors in mine are failing though so you might have better results with yours. I'm going to pull the back and take a look at my connectors before I try to use it again.
post #11 of 16
Great lookin pork!!!!!!PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif What was the address of the party?icon_biggrin.gif
post #12 of 16
OUTSTANDING smoke there, you did a fine job! I'm sure it's gonna taste as good as it looks, since those butts were magazine-perfect. Congratulations.

post #13 of 16
Definately a winner! You'll have no problems with the plan for reheating and adding the stock back to the PP. You're on the right track there.

Nice work, all the way through!

post #14 of 16
I freeze mine as well and reheat in hot water. I make up smaller bags so I can have BBQ in the middle of the night if I want. Looks good, and I like the basting part and the picture really shows it....
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
Just wanted to post an update after the party. Everything worked great and the pork was awesome! I heated the bags up in hot water in a big turkey fryer pot outside. I didn't boil the water but I got it about 200 degrees. The meat was in the water for about 45 minutes and it heated up good. Then I put the bags in a cooler and brought them to the party. I then put them in a pre-heated roaster at the party. I thought the meat tasted every bit as good as it did the day I made it. I won't hesitate to vacuum seal and reheat pulled pork again. PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #16 of 16
Congrads!! Looks really good I bet it tasted as good as it looks..
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