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Boston butts, Im stuck in a tight spot---

Discussion in 'Pork' started by drtheo, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. drtheo

    drtheo Newbie

    I have to smoke 2, 7 pound butts for a party tomorrow evening, If i smoke them both at the same time, will they take longer then 1 at a time?

    I can i just plan on 12 to 14 hours for 2 in the smoker?

    I am using a MES 40, and an amnps.

    the real kicker is most of the smoking is going to have to happen while i am at work.

  2. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'd plan on 12-14. May take a little longer than one but not much.
  3. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'd agree...leaning more towards the 14 hours myself and maybe 1-2 more in case of a major stall. You can always pull out of the smoker early and wrap, towel and stash in a tight spot like a cooler or the microwave (my new fav spot) and be ready than under the gun time wise. Will anybody be there to monitor the MES???
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    You might notice more recovery time after you put the meat in the smoker, but the overall time is the same. I'd plan on 14-16 myself. I like to smoke mine a day or two in advance then I can enjoy the gathering and don't have to worry about the cook not being done. You can hold the finished product wrapped in foil, and towels in a cooler for 3-4 hours no problem. So if its done early that's okay. Remember to allow at least a 45 minute rest prior to pulling. If you run your smoker at 265º you can give yourself a bit more of a buffer.  The last two I cooked were 9 pounds and they took 20 hours in the smoker.
  5. drtheo

    drtheo Newbie

    nope this one is on a wing and a prayer,

    this new jobs hectic nature really makes things difficult
  6. flyboys

    flyboys Smoking Fanatic

    Like the others said, it shouldn't make a difference. Just bear in mind that each roast is different. The last time I did 2 together, which was also in an MES, they finished over 2 hours apart.
  7. drtheo

    drtheo Newbie