Saturday butt with a little experiment

Discussion in 'Pork' started by pit 4 brains, Jan 30, 2010.

  1. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well here comes another weekend.. what to do?[​IMG]
    I got a shouler butt for $.99 /lb. I actually got two but the other will be next Monday's buckboard.. Stay tuned for that.
    This is the first butt I've ever gotten from John Morrell that had skin on it. I got on the chat and asked if anyone had ever done anything with the skin and I was given a link to some cracklin instructin.. Can't see what it would hurt to try it out so here goes.. The fat sure will help out the dutch oven if the cracklin is... well, you know,.. I'm not from the south so I may make good cracklin and not even know it!



    Removing the skin but being sure to retain some rub-lovin' fat..



    Skin removed..



    But is rubbed... My camera makes it look yellowish for some reason



    Craklin pieces ready for tomorrow...
     
  2. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks like you're off to a good start Pit. I'll be looking forward to the finished Q-view especially the craklins. I've never done them either.
    And I like your choice in beer :)
     
  3. bb53chevpro

    bb53chevpro Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've got one of those in the smoker right now....
    Looks like you are off to a great start.
     
  4. jak757

    jak757 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Lookin good! Look forward to seeing the PP and the crackilns!
     
  5. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Got it on the drum at 0530.. All is well right now
     
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Everything looks good so far so I'll have to stop back the other Qview and theses crackilns I guess. It will be a first for me too.
     
  7. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    After about 4 1/2 hours, I put it in the pan, stabbed the probe and covered.. Temp was 149 and still is so i must have caught it in the stall..
    Sure does smell good!
     
  8. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    looks good so far......damn you got up early. i didn't start my fire until 8:30!
     
  9. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I was outside at 0445 in a sweatshirt with no shirt, underwear and sneakers with no socks. As soon as the drum hit 220, I tossed the butt on and went straight back to bed. Four hours of sleep later the drum was at 260 and the butt was doin good. Nice to be able to sleep while cookin...
     
  10. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    you guys in mesa are a little crazy.........[​IMG]
     
  11. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You sure said it, imagine a guy wearing nothing more than a sweatshirt and sneakers tending the smoker...be sure to keep your hips away from the heat [​IMG]
     
  12. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well I had my ball cap on too..
     
  13. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    i dont need that visual in my mind of you stuffing the pit with only a sweatshirt and sneakers, i may not be able to sleep tonight!!!
     
  14. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The butt is looking good. The visual of you getting the smoke started this morning is making my eyes burn. LOL
     
  15. flyfishjeep

    flyfishjeep Smoking Fanatic

    I was really looking forward to a more detailed Qview, but then after reading a little farther I lost my appetite...[​IMG]

    Just as long as you edit your photo's I would love to see the end results. [​IMG]
     
  16. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sorry for the delay but the guests arrived right after I took the meat out of the drum.
    9 1/2 hours and it hit 205. It was a 9 1/2 lb or so but so about an hour per pound or so was the good rule here. Here it is after I took it off...


    Drained out the fat and pulled...


    Here's my homemade BBQ Sauce:
    1C Apple sauce
    1/2 C Ketchup
    2 C Turbinado sugar (sauce was a bit sweet so may drop this down 1C)
    Juice of two lemons w/ whatever pulp fell in..
    A three-fingered pinch of the following: GBP, Paprika, Garlic Powder, Kosher salt and cinnannannamon..
    Combine all ingredients and bring to just a boil then remove from heat. I stirred constantly due to the sugar..



    I vow to never post q-view of my early morning fire starts or my all-nighters..If i am to be in the pics..[​IMG]
     
  17. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ohh by the way, I fried up the skin and fat in som bacon grease in a dutch oven on my turkey fryer base. They looked good but were fairly rubbery and gross. I may try the other suggestion i had and just hang the skin in a tree and dry it out for the dog. Heck maybe next time I'll trim it off a little leaner and smoke it a bit for the dog... The bacon grease and the skin made a hell of a mess outside and was not worth the effort. Definately DO NOT TRY TO MAKE CRACKLINS IN YOUR KITCHEN.. unless you want to do a remodel job!
     
  18. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    looks like the pork came out good.....
     
  19. flyfishjeep

    flyfishjeep Smoking Fanatic

    Looks great!
     
  20. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That PBR makes it all worth while, Great post thanks for sharing.
     

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