boston butt plateau ?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by mcp9, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. mcp9

    mcp9 Meat Mopper

    i was wonderin if the internal temp plateau comes around a certain temp, or is it just come at different temps depending on the size of the meat?
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    It varies mine usually hit in the 140's and sometimes 150's but can happen anytime
  3. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My take is it happens right around where Piney's the point of the proteins denaturing, and the connective tissues breaking down. Also, coincidentally, smoke ring formation ceases around this temp.
  4. mcp9

    mcp9 Meat Mopper

    i noticed that my temp was going up pretty quick. just wanted an idea of when it would hit. i think my plateau is happening now around 150*.
  5. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What is the internal temp of your smoker? If it's around 225 then the spike in temp may be fine, but it will hit that plateau. A few of mine that were done recently hit the plateau at 152 deg and sat there, even dipped to 150, for around 2 hours, then started to rise again.... just keep it low and slow and you will be mightly rewarded!
  6. abelman

    abelman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good advice from others so far, it's spot on. One thing to keep an eye on is to make sure you're water pan is full or has water.

    I've forgotten a time or two only to see the internal in the meat spike because the smoker is spiking [​IMG] .
  7. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Mr. smarty pants.......

    And yes, it is possible that you'll not hit a plateau, i've had butts n briskets that didn't stall!
  8. brentman0110

    brentman0110 Meat Mopper

    This is why I like this site. Ya' just don't get this type of info elsewhere.
  9. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    you aint kiddin there brent, if stuck on plateau resist temptation to bump heat. it will pass like a migrane in time. and when it does you will be so glad u didnt!!!
  10. seboke

    seboke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Rich, you ROCK! Another thing I learned from you that I won't ever be able to explain to anyone. I was just gonna say that my butts also plateau in the 140-150 range

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