I'm looking to do my first boston butt this weekend and wanted to seek some advice. I feel I have all the bases covered, except this will be the longest smoke I have done so far.
My ECB charcoal pan is literally splattered with 3/8'' holes for ventilation. This worked great when I did my bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin 2 weeks ago, but I did notice some really high temp. spikes.
This mainly happened when adding more wood CHIPS to my charcoal pan, so for this boston butt, I plan on using chunks to hopefully curb the issue.
In reality, I am wondering if it is possible that I may have drilled too many holes in my charcoal pan? I also have a round rack insert in the charcoal pan that again, keeps air flowing nicely throughout.
I really want this boston butt to turn out amazing, so I am wondering if I should:
A.) remove the rack insert in the charcoal pan?
B.) Since the charcoal pan is held up on threaded rod, maybe loosen the nuts and lower it a little bit?
C.) Whatever words of wisdom this awesome community can offer
***Keep in mind, I will be using chunks instead of chips this time***
Also, planning on doing my first minion method with kingsford briquettes
I look forward to hearing advice!