Want to reduce Pork Butt cook time - Cut in half?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by dbarnett66, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. dbarnett66

    dbarnett66 Smoke Blower

    I have two 8 pound butts, Can I cut them in half to reduce time, or will they be too small and dry out?
     
  2. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You should be fine, just go by temps.
     
  3. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't think you'll save much time. I've cooked 4.5 pounders and it still took 9 hours to get to 195° on my UDS running in the 250s.

    Shouldn't be a problem with dryness though. Safeway here usually only sells 4 or 5 pounders. I think they cut the big ones in have and sell them separately. I've done several and never had a problem with one being dry.

    Dave
     
  4. blackened

    blackened Meat Mopper

    That'll work.. More surface area for bark too..
     
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't think you can speed it up that much if you cut it in half. You should just leave it a plan for the time.
     
  6. audioxtremes

    audioxtremes Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    I cut one in half once for the purpose of more bark with a side effect of quicker cooking time. Took about 6 hours total plus rest time. It worked for quickness but it wasn't as fall apart as normal.
     
  7. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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