ECB didn't get my butt hot enough

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by graybeard, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. graybeard

    graybeard Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Well, I dusted off my ECB Friday and smoked some ribs and a 5 pound butt. I smoked the butt for 8 hours but the temp only got to 185 degrees. When the butt hit 165 I wrapped it in foil but 185 is all I got. It looked great and tasted great but not sure why it didn't hit 205. The slab was dang near perfect as well. I only used 14 lbs of charcoal which is way better than 22+ pounds for my SFB smoker. Also, no mods done to my ECB, YET!
    beard
     
  2. williamzanzinger

    williamzanzinger Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Thats where the ECB becomes a liability, going the long haul. Follow plan B.
     
  3. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nope, ECB does just fine with Butts. Actually better than my GOSM. I can do 8 1/2 lbers in 7 1/2 hours on my ECB and reach close to 400º if it is wanted. (with mods)
    More than likely you hit a plateau where the meat temp stalls for a bit. If you had left it alone, it would have moved eventually.
    What temp was the smoker at?
     
  4. tn_bbq

    tn_bbq Smoking Fanatic

    ".....you hit a plateau"

    I too agree. That plateau can really raise your stress level when trying to meet a firm deadline (neighbors, wife & kids expect to eat at exactly 6PM every day).

    My good old ECB cooked a pretty good butt back in the day (2 years ago).
     
  5. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    William.........i have done 18 hour smokes on my ecb gourment............so where's the liability??????? [​IMG]
     

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