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Bark for a Pork Butt

Discussion in 'Masterbuilt Electric Smoker (MES) Owners' started by rudy92, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. rudy92

    rudy92 Newbie

    I don't ever seem to get any good "bark" on my butt when I smoke. I have a MES Sportsman Elite. Could it be the something with the position of the vent?
  2. fivetricks

    fivetricks Smoking Fanatic

    Are you wrapping?
  3. Jim kraatz

    Jim kraatz Meat Mopper

    Tell us what you are doing, beginning to end...
  4. rudy92

    rudy92 Newbie

    Have wrapped and not wrapped.
    Usually 220 until temp hits 190. Sometimes wrap, some not. I have mopped and not mopped. times vary from 8-16 hours. I never get the almost black bark. Very rarely do I get a great "crust" all over the meat. I just wonder if since it's electric vs charcoal or wood if the vent is closed too much or maybe too much?
    Just looking for some tips towards the end of the cook maybe?
  5. 73saint

    73saint Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    There is no substitute for wood when it comes to good bark. You can still achieve it, but wood (IMO) gives you the best bark you can get.
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  6. zwiller

    zwiller Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Had the same problem for a long time. Search pellicle. For a butt, apply your rub the night before and leave in the fridge uncovered. The surface will dry a bit and get tacky. Once I got good bark, my family went crazy over my PP. I ended up doing 50lbs for daughters grad party. I run 275F until 205ish. Comes off the smoker in chunks. Welcome to SMF and best of luck!
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  7. Jim kraatz

    Jim kraatz Meat Mopper

    I do 250 as a general rule, and I usually rub the night before and refrigerate uncovered. More sugar in your rub means more carmelization and more color, but I haven’t had much of a problem, even with no sugar.

    I don’t generally mop butts because every time I open the door, I’m not at optimum temperature.
  8. radio

    radio Smoking Fanatic

    curious if you have a remote thermometer in the smoker to monitor cooking chamber temps, or relying on the factory therm. Almost sounds like the cook temps could be too low to form a good bark.
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  9. indaswamp

    indaswamp Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    check your thermometers...if not using a digital-get one.
    Salt the night before..this lets the salt start penetrating the meat and traveling inward which will help keep the butt moist. And, the salt will open up the meat close to the surface for smoke to stick.
    Get the meat surface tacky-form a pellicle
    Use sugar in your rub. the sugar will glaze to meat surface as it melts and will caramelize with the heat giving you a dark butt.
  10. rudy92

    rudy92 Newbie

    Thanks for the info. I will try this weekend and see if it helps!!
  11. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I do ribs, butts and briskets at 275 in my Mes no wrap.
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