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post #1 of 23
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Thanks to all of you my first butt was a complete success! I picked up a 4.5 lb bone in pork butt from my local grocery store. Friday night I injected it with 3/4 cup of apple juice, 1 TBS of worcestershire sauce, and 1 TBS of Jeff's Naked Rib Rub. Then I rubbed the butt with yellow mustard and a healthy dose of Jeff's Rub. I wrapped it in Glad wrap and put it in the fridge overnight.

Saturday morning came early at 6 AM. Damn the beers the night before. Got the WSM set up and loaded with charcoal and apple wood. The butt went on at about 7:40 AM. Set it and forget it with the WSM. I was impressed at how well it held temp between 230* and 260* all day long. After 2 hours I sprayed the butt with a mixture of 3 parts apple juice and 1 part Captain Morgan's spiced rum and sprayed it every hour thereafter. At the 7 hour mark I needed to refill the water pan. At the 10 hour mark I added more charcoal and apple wood. Probably didn't need to add the wood as I'm sure the meat didn't absorb any more smoke flavor.

I had a 5 hour period where the internal temp went from 155* to 175*. If it wasn't for you guys and all the posts I've read I probably would have freaked out and cranked up the temps of the smoker. But I stayed calm, kept the smoker at temp, ,and just let the Q tell me when it was ready. So the butt went on at 7:40 AM and came off at 7:38 PM when it hit 200*. I wrapped it in foil, threw it in a cooler with towels, and let it rest for 45 minutes or so. After resting, I took a set of bear claws and shredded the butt. The Mrs. and I made a few sandwiches and she made her home made cole slaw to go with it. It was delicious!

Not sure who posted the injection recipe of 3/4 cup apple juice, 1 TBS of worcestershire, and 1 TBS of rub but thank you. points.gifThe butt was delicious, moist & tender.

Rivet - thanks for the Carolina finishing sauce recipe. Me and the wife loved it! points.gif

To all of you that posted your butt smoking adventures, thank you very much! points.gif I think I would have freaked when I hit the stall if it wasn't for all the posts saying calm down and let the heat do the work on the Q.

Ok, on to the Q-view...

Butt ready for rub

Rubbed down with Jeff's naked rib rub. Injected it prior to rubbing.

Wrapped in Glad wrap for a nice little nap until the morning

On the WSM

Flipped at the half way point

Off the smoker after foiling and ready for shredding....

Bone pulled right out!


The Mrs' plate...

My plate...

post #2 of 23
I love a good success story!

Lookin' great! Nice smoke ring and bark to boot!

So, what's next on your agenda? Any plans, or something your just dying to try? HEH-HEH-HEH!!!

post #3 of 23
I'm so glad that everything worked out so good for you. Now you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor and we here are very happy and proud of you. Sopoints.gifhave to go out to you for a greta smoke and to the many more that will follow.points.gif
post #4 of 23
Awesome looking pulled pork !!! points.gif
post #5 of 23
Very well done, nice bark
post #6 of 23
Looks perfect! You would never have guessed this was your first one. Looks like you have been doing them for years.
post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 
I'm dying to try a brisket. I think that is next on my list. I haven't been able to find it at my local supermarket but there is a meat market in town where I get my BB ribs so I may give them a shot.

I picked up some chuck short ribs today so I think that'll be on the menu for next week.

Thanks for the kind words...
post #8 of 23
Thread Starter 
thanks rbranster!
post #9 of 23
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RdKnB, JaxGatorz, & mballi3011,

Thanks for the kind words. Like I said, I owe it to everyone that posted on this site with their smoking experiences. Y'all are fantastic friends and have helped me come a long way in a matter of 6 months. I can't wait to keep smoking and trying new things. The Mrs likes it as well! icon_smile.gif
post #10 of 23
Thread Starter 
Pastrami and turkey pastrami are on the list as well! icon_smile.gif
post #11 of 23
LOL!!! Folks, I think we've got a live one here! He'll be going for cheese, nuts, peppers, cats & dogs (joke) next!

Have fun with your passion, my brother! With a little creativity, it will take you to places you've never known exist.

I get a very strong sense of satisfaction when I pull something I hadn't tried before from my smoker...and, now and then, some off-the-wall item comes to mind, and eventually it gets the better of my curiosity...so, off to the smoker I go!


post #12 of 23
Looks like you nailed it! Nice bark, nice smoke ring and looks very tender. Looking forward to your next smoke job. points.gif
post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 
Yea, you guys have me hooked. This is so much damn fun I have just gotta try new and different things. Thanks to everyone for your support and help!
post #14 of 23
Holy crap! That looks tasty.points.gif
post #15 of 23
Nice job dude!! Looks really good!points.gif
post #16 of 23
Great job Tom!!! That is some mighty tasty looking pulled pork. Love the bark!

Keep up the good work....points.gif
post #17 of 23

Looks great

That's some fine looking pork and wonderful Qview pics. I love the bark and smoke ring. Awwwwwsome.
post #18 of 23
really nice Tom,

you can really tell when a butt was cooked using charcoal or wood from the beautiful color the meat gets.

well done.. points.gif
post #19 of 23
very nice butt, glad it came out for you PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #20 of 23
Looks awesome nice job points.gif
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