Bone in Butt Time

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Original poster
Aug 21, 2013
Good Morning All,

I have a 12lb bone in butt in the MES30 for dinner tonight. This is the third one I have done. Previous butts have been 8 and 9 lbs and have taken 16 hrs and 21hrs to hit the 200 deg mark for pulling.

So having a bigger piece of meat and wanting it to be ready in time for dinner tonight I put it in last night at 8:00 pm, still  thinking that might be cutting it close I bumped the temp to 245 from the usual 225 I use. I wake up at 6:00am to check on dinner and am amazed to see the butt sitting at 190 in just 10 hours!!! I should mention the temps are coming from my Maverick ET-732 which reads right on.

I have since dropped the temp back to 225 in hopes that I can drag it out a few more hours before resting for a couple hours. Does anyone see a problem with me dropping the temp? Does 20 deg in cook temp actually make that big a difference in cook time? Has anyone ever had a super quick butt?

Worry not about Q-view, they are coming.


Ah, yes, the joys and expectations of cooking at 225°. So now you have discovered the advantage of turning up the heat on a pork butt. I cook them between 285°-315°, my last 9 pounder was done in less than 7 hours. Granted I do not cook on a watt burner but the principle is the same, more heat, less cook time.

I suggest that, rather than turning down the heat, you turn it up and cook to your desired IT then rest , pull and reheat later in a covered foil pan in the oven, perhaps adding some apple cider vinegar or a good thin BBQ sauce. Good Luck
WOuld not worry about it ,worst come to worst wrap it and store it in a cooler or oven you can bring to 140.  Since you have some time to kill if you have not looked at SoFlaQuers finsihing sauce you might want to give it a try for your PP.  I waited forever then tried it and loved it.
I just put a butt on the uds half an hour ago,should be ready for dinneraround six.I injected it with molasses, butter and some of my rub. Hope it turns out ok.
Well she is now out at 12:30pm for a total of a 16.5 hour ride at 245 deg, she is all wrapped up in a cooler resting for her big appearance come dinner. There is no way I would be able to make a piece of art like that if it wasn't for you fine folks on the forum, so generous with knowledge!. Here are a few Q-views I took on my phone as I was going.

Here she is all rubbed up headed to the MES

Out of the smoker headed for the cooler for a rest

Have yet to pull it, will post a couple more shots if I remember.

Thanks for having a boo.

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