Half a Butt???

Discussion in 'Pork' started by kew_el_steve, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. kew_el_steve

    kew_el_steve Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I usually buy my smok'in meat at Sam's. Butts come bone-in and two to a cryo-pac, usually about 16 lbs. -- 8 lbs. a piece. This usually takes about 12 hours: 1.5 per lb. With a little prep, wrap, gett'in beers, and cleanup it's at least a 14 or 16 hour day to do it low and slow. I usually do both Butts at the same time.

    My theory is that the 1.5 hours per lb. is to let the heat penetrate through that thickness of meat. The smoke ring and smoke penetration is about 1/2 inch or so.

    What I'm dancing around is this. Has anyone experimented with taking a Butt and slicing it to 1/2 thickness? I'm talking about doing 4 halves instead of 2 wholes. It wouldn't have twice the surface area, but would have half the volume for each piece. If it's 1.5 hours per pound for each piece, then that should let the heat at the meat a little quicker, get more smoke penetration, and more bark formation. Mght reduce the fat a little too.

    Did 2 butts and three full ribs. No Q-views tho.

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  2. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Most of what is sold as "country style" ribs, is sliced butt (atleast around here), last time I bothered to really look into it at all there are about 4 different store cuts being sold as country style ribs, so it may vary in your area, but down here it it is just a sliced butt...........country style is more of a name for marketing that an actual butchering cut.

    Sooooo, yeah go ahead and slice the butt up it is the same thing as you can buy, but you control the sizes..........more bark, like you said, but my experience is that they are easier to dry out also.

    Plus, the best way to find out is to just try it......

    Hope that helped

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