Christmas Day Smoke

Discussion in 'Pork' started by randya, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. randya

    randya Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I am getting ready for my Christmas Smoke. Will spread the rub tomorrow night and start the smoking about 10:00PM on Christmas Eve.

    This year will have 9 racks of Ribs, 17lb Pork Butt, 8lb Chuck Roast and 8 large Chicken Breast.

    Got a quick question on the pork butt? Normally I cook the butt in one piece. Will it make a big difference if I cut the butt into 5-6lb pieces as long as I remove them at the 195-205 degree range, rap and place in the cooler?

    I wish you all a Season Greeting! Ho yes, I will post with lots of PIC's after Christmas.
  2. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I wouldnt think so, should still be thicker than your ribs and shouldn't dry out.
  3. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Should be just fine. A 17lb butt. Wow that's a big butt. Actually cutting something that big down I would think would be better because you'll get more smoke to more of the meat.

    But I can say that I've never done it, so don't go completely off my recommendation.
  4. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You sure you don't have two butts in there......maybe a whole shoulder? Rare to see a butt over 10 lbs........anyhow.....cut it up if you want, you will be fine. Don't get to small though or you will just have "country style" ribs.

    Enjoy the cook.
  5. randya

    randya Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    U are right, it in two pieces. What I am going to do is half each of them and I thinking I will be OK. Thanks to all for the help.
  6. chef jeff tx

    chef jeff tx Smoking Fanatic

    Like the Dude said cutting it will provide more surface area which will allow for more smoke flavor to penetrate the meat and it'll shorten your cook time.

    EDIT: I see that it's already 2 pieces, not one 17 Lber. In that case I'd leave them alone to retain moisture.
  7. randya

    randya Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Hope all had a great Christmas Day. I sure did. Got to see all my kids and grandkids and it was fantastic.

    Wednesday night I prepared the ribs, butt, and roast with Jeff’s Rub (it’s the best).

    Started the fire about 930PM on Christmas Eve and cooked thru the night to get ready for the big Christmas feast with the family. Used apple wood and leveled the temperature off at 220 F and let it go.
    My smoker was packed, need to add the 2nd rack...
    Chicken & Ribs

    Pork Butt, Chuck Roast, and more Ribs.

    HO YES,,,,,, TBS

    When the temps hit 10 degrees from target, sprayed with apple juice and foiled until target temperature was reached. That started around 8:30 am this morning (Christmas). As each of them reached temperature placed in a cooler and packed with a towel then steamed on each other for 2 hours.
    A lot of meat!!!

    Then it got better real fast at 11:00 am.
    Pork butt on left & Chuck Roast on right.

    Chicken (chopped). This is 12 large breasts.

    Then the RIBS... If I must say so myself, the best I have ever done...
    9 Slabs....

    No one went home hungry and yes doggie bags left with everybody too. Only 3-1/2 hours sleep, but it was a great Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day for me.. hope your’s was too.

  8. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Looks like an outstanding job and feast nice job [​IMG] nice crowd
  9. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It ALL Looks Great...

    However It is disgusting to see Green Grass and Leaves On Christmas, all we see here is WHITE everywhere... [​IMG] Florida is hereby kicked out of the Union...[​IMG]

    Merry Christmas
  10. tom in nc

    tom in nc Smoke Blower

    Nice job! The food looks awesome.
  11. john3198

    john3198 Smoking Fanatic

    A heck of a smoke. Nice job. Hope the family enjoyed it.
  12. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    looks good and great looking crowd!
  13. cheapchalee

    cheapchalee Smoking Fanatic

    Great looking and family. Glad everyone had a good time.


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