-15 and cooking a butt

Discussion in 'Pork' started by cliffcarter, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member


    Cooking a 9 pound butt for a friend who is going snowmobiling today. When I started fire at 6AM the outside temp was right about -15, depending on which weather guy got it right. The snake is Stubb's charcoal started with a chimney of fully lit lump, I'm using black cherry for smoke. The butt was on by 7, I am shooting for a cook temp of 325°-350°. With steady temps I should be done some time between 2 and 3 this afternoon.

    It's going to be a bright, sunny day with a daytime high of 23°, Heat Wave[​IMG]

    I am also cooking a small beef roast for burnt ends for tonight's supper, I'll post that one as well.

    More pics later.
     
  2. phatbac

    phatbac Master of the Pit

    Keep us posted as to how its coming and how it comes out!

    As someone addicted to smoking enough to smoke in any weather i respect anyone to smoke in adverse conditions! 

    What are you smoking on? (cant make it out in the pic)

    Don't forget the Q-View!

    Happy Smoking,

    phatbac (Aaron)
     
  3. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sounds like fun! We're in the middle of a heat wave on the Left Coast. Was 50° when I got up this morning @ 5 am. Was 20° a week ago!
     
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sounds Great, Cliff !!

    I can get mine to bump 300°, but it will always level out at the 275° MAX.

    We're having our warmest Winter ever this year, getting down to 1° yesterday was our coldest so far. 13° right now here.

    Be Back!!

    [​IMG]

    Bear
     
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks like a great start. I can't even imagine going outside in those temps, much less to smoke a butt.

    That's dedication!!

    Weather is OK here today, mid 70's, but cloudy & windy.

    I'll check back later.

    Al
     
  7. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Better man then I am it was 9* when I went out this A.M

    Richie
     
  8. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Wanted to cook this one around 300°-325° but whenever I shut the intake down the temp dropped to 280° or so. So I ended up leaving it about 1/2 open and the temp settled in around 360°[​IMG], oh well. The upshot is this butt is going to take just about 5 hours of cook time.




    I could probably pull it now, but I've got to pick up my wife in 30 minutes or so, so I'll close the vents and keep it on the kettle until I get back.
     
  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You're going to leave it on & leave???

    Hope there's no Bears around----You know how hungry they get !!~[​IMG]    [​IMG]

    Bear
     
  10. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    No Bears last time I checked[​IMG]
     
  11. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    5 hours in and it's done, note the differing temps depending on where the thermometer is placed-





    Pulled and waiting for pick up-


    A few choice bits of bark for the cook-


    There was a good bit of charcoal left in the kettle so I added more and 3 chunks of apple and put on the roast for burnt ends


    Should be done in 4 hours or so..... maybe sooner considering how fast the butt was done[​IMG]
     
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Oh Yeah!![​IMG]

    Looks Awesome, Cliff !![​IMG]-----------------[​IMG]

    I love that "Cook's" plate!![​IMG]

    Should have been at least one Bear there!!

    Bear
     
  13. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great,especially the cooks plate!:drool
     
  14. stickyfingers

    stickyfingers Smoking Fanatic

    Looks great! But that's either dedicated or nuts!
     
  15. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow. Looks great. Never cooked that cold before. I have done -5 with a wind chill.

    POINTS FOR SURE.
     
  16. gearjammer

    gearjammer Master of the Pit

    You're a better man than me. I ate burnt ends out of my freezer it was -25 here. I'm even burning firewood from inside, nuts to that.

    -25 Sunday morning and Sat. too tomorrow they say it will be 40 degrees and raining. Go figure. 

    Anyway great looking cook. I'm gonna smoke something tomorrow.

    Keep on smokin'                         Ed
     
  17. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That's great looking PP--especially the cook's plate!!!  Nice job

    [​IMG]for toughing out the cold and making great food.

    Gary
     
  18. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Awesome job!

    I'm glad it turned out so well!

    Points to you!!

    Al
     
  19. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Her's a shot of the finished burnt ends-


    Total time on these was 4 hours, kettle did stay in the 350°-360° range.

    Thanks to everyone for the kind words and the points[​IMG].
     
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2016
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  20. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Both pieces look great Points

    Richie
     

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