How close?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by juanito, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. juanito

    juanito Fire Starter

    I am going to do a fundraiser for our fire department and try to smoke quite a few pork butts at one time. How close can you put them together? Can they touch? I am cooking on my reverse low homemade smoker, never put that many on it at one time. The cooking surface is 24" X 48". Just looking for a little experience.
  2. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Put em in snuggled up but remember, gonna take a lot more fuel and time like that.
  3. juanito

    juanito Fire Starter

    Thanks Bubba, should I back them off where the reverse flow turns so I will still get flow?
  4. bigbaldbbq

    bigbaldbbq Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Yeah Bubba is right. Another thing to keep in mind if they are touching then the area that are touching will not develop that nice bark that we all like. In fact, at least when I did it they didn't get smoke penetration in that area either.

    Best would be to allow some room between them to allow that smokey goodness do it's job.
  5. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's one reason I like my Smoke Vault. I could easily do nine butts at once and have room left over.
  6. juanito

    juanito Fire Starter

    Those sure look tasty bassman. Not sure how many mine will hold, the most I ever smoked at once was 3 pork butts, a pork tenderloin, and a briskett. So it will be another evolution in my smoking experience. Here is the grate in my smoker, thinking about adding a shelf so I could fit in more bbq.
  7. bigbaldbbq

    bigbaldbbq Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Nice looking butt there buddy!! And this is really the only place where a man can say that to another man and not get punched....[​IMG]
  8. teleburst

    teleburst Meat Mopper

    Well, there are plenty of places where you won't get punched, but you probably don't want to go to them. Then again, I guess it depends on your definition of "punched" in those places as well.

    Sorry, couldn't resist.
  9. chadtower

    chadtower Fire Starter

    Damn, I guess that's one of those "you had to be there" bits of knowledge, eh teleburst?

  10. bigbaldbbq

    bigbaldbbq Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    LMAO!!! Yeah I didn't think of that, but you are right!!
  11. teleburst

    teleburst Meat Mopper

    With a screen name like yours, I'm surprised you would open that backdoor.
  12. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I personally wouldn't let them touch. Even if you only leave a half inch between them, you'll get a better bark and I think a shorter cook time than if they are mashed together. I'd give them a little space. Remember too that they are going to shrink.... so if you put them in almost touching each other, you'll have much more room as they cook down.
  13. grothe

    grothe Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks PignIt for gettin this thread back on topic [​IMG]

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