Ok, so I know a butt will be done in its own good time. I am smoking a butt for 12 people next weekend for dinner and I need some help with making sure it's done on time. For 12 of us, I'm thinking about a 6 pounder (sound right???). From what I've read in the forums, I thought it was supposed to take 1.5 hours per pound to get to pulling temp (say, 200F). But, I smoked a 3 pounder today and it was more like 1.5 hours per pound to get to 165F. I held my ECB (with mods) between 230F and 250F with no problems and it took the 3 pounder almost 7.5 hours to hit 200F. Is this typical? I foiled it at 165F. Not sure if this will slow down the temperature or not...pretty sure it shouldn't.
So, my next question is, how long should I estimate the 6 pounder to take? I would rather it be done early and leave it in the cooler than have 11 angry people waiting for food...I've thrown around the idea of smoking it the day before and just reheat it. That way I'll have over 24 hours to get it done.
Thanks for the help!