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Lbs of meat affect cooking time?

post #1 of 7
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This may be a dumb question but here it is. I normally give about 15 hours to smoke a 9 lb butt. I am smoking three 9 pounders at the same time this weekend. If I start with the smoker at 225 will it take longer to smoke 3 than it does one?
post #2 of 7
No such thing as a dumb question here friend. If there were, then Im guilty of asking hundreds of them. As far as the time goes with the added butts, Id say yes, it will take longer as there is more mass in the smoker. As far as how much longer, I cannot say, but others will chime in Im sure and give you an idea.
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
I guess I will find out. I think I will start a few hours early and if I miss calculate then I end up getting up earlier than expected to pull them out of the smoker.
post #4 of 7
It will not add that much time to the overall smoke about the only difference you may see is when you first put the meat in in may take longer to get the cold/cool meat temps going up. You may use a little more fuel to maintain the temps but not really much in time.
post #5 of 7
As far as I know and I am no expert it mite that just a little bit longer but if you put on your professor hat you might just find out thar it doesn't take longer because of the size of the meat the mass area of your smoker and the more area minus the the mass to flow flow of the earth'd gravational pull and the moon was high yesterday and the nearest ocean tide is about to crest such equal the cook time and your answer should be: icon_idea.gif drum roll........ ..drum roll
I hope that helped you. If not it helped me with my typing skills.
post #6 of 7
maybe rotate meat during the cook,that kinda keeps it stable inside the cooker. it wont add much time to your cook.
post #7 of 7
LOL... your killing me mballi... biggrin.gif

As long as you have good spacing between the butts you won't add to much time. I believe Pineywoods is correct in that the first hour or two will be slower while things get up to temp and start the juices flowing. I usually add an extra chimney of lump to my Smokin' Pro when I really have it loaded from the start. Otherwise I find my temp does not want to come up very fast.
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