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Big Butt

Discussion in 'Pork' started by mike49107, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. mike49107

    mike49107 Fire Starter

    The anticipation has been killing me. I've been trying to get my GMG Jim Bowie dialed in for a couple of weeks now. I have been holding off on doing any long smokes until I got a better feel for things. I've also been holding off on getting the ThermoPro TP20 until Prime Days on Amazon. (Only 3-1/2 more days to go for the TP20 and 7-1/2 days for the TP18!)

    Anyways, we snagged a deal on butts for $1.19/lb (twin pack). One butt is 9.5lbs, the other is 6.5lbs. So, in goes the big butt! It's hard to tell from the pictures, but this is one massive hunk of hog. I've never smoked one this big, so I have no idea how long it is going to take. I usually start them around midnight for a late lunch the following day.

    Rubbed and ready:
    And here it is on the rack at 225° at 9:00pm.

    I don't foil at the stall. I just let it keep chuggin' away until it hits 205°. Fingers crossed that it makes for a great lunch tomorrow instead of a late snack!
    mike5051 and chopsaw like this.
  2. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I'm in.
  3. weedeater

    weedeater Smoking Fanatic ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I’m in!

  4. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Me too!

  5. ksblazer

    ksblazer Smoking Fanatic

    Look forward to seeing how it turns out.

    Did a 8lb Dr cherry pepper pulled pork for the 4th.

    Any plan to spray or mop it as you go?
  6. browneyesvictim

    browneyesvictim Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    oh heck yeah im in! That should be some great bark!
  7. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'll hop this bandwagon, look forward to the finish.
  8. mike49107

    mike49107 Fire Starter

    ksblazer, no. I don't spray or mop. I usually won't come back to it until it hits temp.

    I just woke up to check on it. It's been in for 7-1/2 hours now.
    It's about 4:30am, and I'm reading 175° IT. (Fingers crossed that my probe is reading correctly.) It was reading 105° two hours in. Seems it may be reading a little hot again.
  9. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    A 9 lb. butt could take 18 hours at 225.
    I usually smoke them at 270-280, then your looking at about 1 hour per pound.
    You also don't experience much if any stall.
    But I'm with you on not wrapping them, we love that thick bark mixed in with the PP.
  10. mike49107

    mike49107 Fire Starter

    I'm beginning to think my temp readings are way off. I just double checked chamber temp with my trusty oven thermometer and grate temperature at the meat is holding right at 225°, which is what I want. But, my meat probe is now up to 185° after only 10-1/2 hours.

    I'm no expert, but that seems like an awful fast cook for this big of a butt. I suppose it's possible. It's kind of looking like I may just have to go by feel on this one. (I don't have a backup meat thermometer yet.)
  11. i6quer

    i6quer Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    Looks like yours is fairly flat, which cook faster for me than really thick hunks. So that could be about the right internal temperature. Smoke on!
  12. mike49107

    mike49107 Fire Starter

    Yeah, I'm going to try to quit being so critical. I think it's due to just replacing a faulty meat probe that went from accurate one day, 10° hot the next day, +150° the day after that. This one was reading accurate ambient temp before the cook, and accurate grate temp during warmup. I just tend to over-think things.
  13. zwiller

    zwiller Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    +1 on the flatter cooking faster. Very similar to you about temps (ocd) and you mention a backup therm. Great idea. On a whim bought the tiny Thermopro TP03 and have fallen in love with it. Practically no longer using my Maverick. I take measurements at a few locations in a few seconds and I feel much more confident.
  14. mike49107

    mike49107 Fire Starter

    I almost bought the TP20 and TP18 when I noticed they offered a 20% forum discount. Then I noticed they are both going on sale during Amazon's Prime Days sales. I figured I would wait and see if I could score an even better deal!
  15. mike49107

    mike49107 Fire Starter

    After 14-1/2 hours:


    This butt is by far my best to date, I feel.


    Very well developed bark. Deep smoke ring. And, a flavor that is making me want to just spread it out on the counter to make it easier to graze!!


  16. mike49107

    mike49107 Fire Starter

    Not sure why the pictures are blurry. May have got some juice on the lens!
  17. AllAces

    AllAces Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Nice pull.
  18. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That is definitely some good looking PP!
    Great work!!
  19. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Nice job! That butt looks perfect!

  20. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I like that Bark, looks thick-n-crunchy.
    Good solid smoke ring in that butt too.