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1st Butt Q View & Fattie Cameo

Discussion in 'Pork' started by wntrlnd, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. I prepped a 4 pound butt last night with mustard and Billbo's rub.  I took it out this morning and let it come to room temp before I put it in the smoker.

    That's the last thing that went according to plan all day.  LOL!

    Here's a pre-smoke shot:


    The first thing I did wrong was not have the temp stabilized when I put the meat in.  I also forgot to put the probe in for the remote thermometer.  As I was struggling to get the temp up, I had to open the lid and put in the probe.  I sort of poked around a little to make sure I wasn't next to a bone.

    OK, so it took about an hour to get the temp right.  It was an ongoing battle the whole day.  My two previous smokes were a walk in the park compared to today.  I barely got an internal meat temp of 140 in the first 4 hours.  When it did get past 140, I opened the lid to add the fattie. 




    This was my first fattie, but it was a huge hit!  My wife loved it!  I used Jimmy Dean Hot, with roasted red peppers, trader joe's 3 blend shredded cheese, shredded mozzarella and thinly sliced baked potato. 


    Next time I'm going to roll it out a tiny bit thicker and maybe freeze it a little to firm it up before I roll it.  Also I think I need to leave more of a border to prevent blowout. 


    I started to do a weave and the bacon fumes got to me.  I got a little light-headed.  Anyway, I don't think weird weave affected the taste much.  LOL.

    I knew I'd probably hit a plateau and I wasn't worried about it because I read Meowey's excellent sticky.  I hit it at 179.  Stayed there forever.  Then I lost a few degrees.  No problem, I read that might happen.

    But right about then I happened to be losing my fire and didn't know it.  The made the plateau even plateauier. 


    While I was enjoying the plateau, I decided to cut an onion in half and add it to the smoker.  Didn't have any particular plans for the onion, but it seemed like a good thing to do.  Smoked onion could come in handy in a number of dishes.  I dusted the cut halves with a little seasoned salt and Billbo's rub.

    Here's the finished fattie:



    The smoke ring on this fattie was so pink I thought the sausage was uncooked. 

    When the butt took longer than expected, the fattie saved the day!  I was super happy I decided to make one along side the butt.  I knew the butt was going to be ready when it was ready, so I covered myself with the fattie.

    The finished butt:


    It was not falling off any bones, but I still got a bunch of nice moist pulled pork:



    Now the biggest problem I had, besides the unsteady smoker temps, was that when I put the remote probe in, it must have been too close to a bone.

    I didn't figure this out until the end of the day.  I had left the butt in the smoker until it was 205.  Well, I thought it was 205 anyway. 

    When I brought it inside to wrap it in towells and put it in the cooler, I removed the remote probe, and just for good measure, I checked the temp with another thermometer.  It read 183.  Uh-oh.  I checked a couple more places.  Same thing.  180s.

    I concluded I must've had the probe next to a bone.  This stupid butt is nowhere near done.  I put the remote probe back in, making sure to avoid the bone and put it in the oven on 250 to finish cooking the butt.  

    I left it in the oven until the remote probe said 195 and then took it out and towelled & ice chested it.  An hour later I pulled it out and started pulling at it. 

    My wife and I both had pretty big slices of fattie earlier, so we just had a smallish portion of the pulled pork topped with Billbo's excellent BBQ sauce and some melon on the side for dinner.

    Looking forward to some excellent pulled pork sammies tomorrow night for dinner!

    And also looking forward to my next butt!  A lot went wrong, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.  I learned a lot, and everything was edible, so I have no complaints!  LOL

    Hope you enjoyed the Q view and my long-winded first butt saga!

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  2. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    This is what I say! [​IMG]  You had a plan and it all came forth, it all looks awesome and that's what it's all about. [​IMG]  Your camera skills could use some work.....Just kidding.
  3. LMAO!  Thanks, meateater!!    You're right.  It all ended in moist, delicious pork, and you said it brother, that's what it's all about!

    My wife doesn't like me using her camera.  [​IMG]

    I've never used a digital camera before and have no idea how to operate it.  I believe my photos will back this up.  The Q views I've posted are the only photos I've taken, and they're all point and click.  Pretty weak, I know!  LOL.

    Maybe between smokes I could read the camera's manual.  Even more LOL @ myself!
  4. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    LOL, those pics are perfect! I was just breaking bread. Keep those pics coming! Nice work! [​IMG]
  5. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice work in spite of the troubles!  These things are almost always salvageable and tasty, even when we struggle!
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Your Q-view looks excellent to me and the fattie looks super. I would keep on going with your smoking career it's off to a great start. So keep the Q-view coming and we will be here to look at it.
  7. arnie

    arnie Smoking Fanatic

    Looks good to me!

    It's a good smoke if you like it

    Keep um coming
  8. chainsaw

    chainsaw Smoking Fanatic

    This was a great post and pics too-like to see when there are snags, helps to learn more.

    Good job and thanks!
  9. Im lovin that fatty, keep up the good work!
  10. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Great stuff !

    All's Well That Ends Well !!!!

  11. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The fact that this was a learning experience makes it a perfect smoke in my book.

    Great Job!!
  12. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  13. Somone point me to where I can read more on these fatties and the paper towels to wipe up this drool! All of that looks incredible!!
  14. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    If you look thru all of the forum lists there is a whole section on them

    Here is the link

  15. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I agree it all came out looking good in the end and inspite of the peanut gallery [​IMG]  the pics are looking good too

    God I have not used peanut gallery in forever HaHa - it is Meateaters fault LOL