Butt Plateau Reached!!

Discussion in 'Grilling Pork' started by thrifty token, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. thrifty token

    thrifty token Smoke Blower

    Here I am smoking my first butt of the season (long story) and I have hit the magical plateau! :yahoo: Now, I vowed to not foil this time, as I am experimenting a bit. Good thing I'm stubborn!! This could take awhile. Smoking a 9# Boston Butt in my ECB using Dragon Fire Lump Charcoal. This is the best lump IMHO. I'll post Q-view when finished. :grilling_smilie:
  2. it will be worth the wait.

    Happy smoken.

  3. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Gotta show the q-views!  [​IMG]

  4. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    wait it out, it is worth it in my opinion.  Oh and q-view is needed
  5. thrifty token

    thrifty token Smoke Blower

    This was the longest smoke so far -- 18hrs.  I had to battle a Nor'Easter, which made keeping temps consistent a challenge.  But it was fun nonetheless!.

    Q-View as follows:

    Bark Heaven

    Pulled Result
  6. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Very pretty!  Nice bark!  I have had 2 go close to 20 hours!

  7. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    That's a good looking butt for sure, great bark...woof woof!
  8. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    This is the second post I've read today about not foiling. You are inspiring me to give it a try. That is a great looking butt.

  9. thrifty token

    thrifty token Smoke Blower

    Give it a try! Then you can decide which method works best for you. Best part of smoking meat is that "one size doesn't fit all! Let me know how it goes! :grilling_smilie:
  10. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice Butt!  Looks real tasty!

  11. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nicely done!!! I haven't foiled a butt for probably 3 years...probably never will again, either...smoke and learn.

  12. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Give it a shot, disco. I foil only after the IT is reached. You may never go back.
  13. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Four posts! The PRESSURE!

    Just kidding. I will give it the next time I am doing a butt.

  14. thrifty token

    thrifty token Smoke Blower

    Just make sure you save a portion or two for yourself. I put the finished product out with homemade barbecue sauce and turned my back for a moment. Never do that!! There were no scraps left!! Guess that's a sign of good eats! Smoke and learn......
  15. marshman71

    marshman71 Smoke Blower

    Looks super.  Great Job,  So Hungry now and I just did two 7.5 pounder's this weekend but they are all gone now ... [​IMG]

    I don't foil anymore either once I notice I have hit my stall i just bump the temp up 25-50 degrees depending on where my cabinet is running and that usually will 

    start to bring her up and get her through the plateau.  Then just watch that bark start to really develop.   
  16. That is a nice looking butt. I never foil till it is time to rest.

    Happy smoken.

  17. holdem

    holdem Fire Starter

    What is the advantage to NOT foiling?
  18. backwoods bbq

    backwoods bbq Meat Mopper

    On pork butt it does not matter whether you foil or not the ONLY difference is....if you foil your butt will continue to cook a little more and dive slightly deeper with the IT so if you pull at 190 or 200 it won't matter usually goes about. 10-sometimes 15 degrees further but if you pull it at 210 215 (a lot if people do) you are prolly better off not foiling as it may become mushy something to think about say if your favorite team goes to overtime or you fall asleep and you meat cooks longer tha you planned :)
  19. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    In two words, better bark. Foiling softens the bark, and reduces the development of bark if you foil before it's finished cooking.

  20. Wow.. that looks good. Great bark on that one....did you spritz?

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