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butt backing down

Discussion in 'Pork' started by tarpsflat, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. 8lb. butt has been in my smoker for 9 hrs. at 225 to 230 got to 186 at 8 hrs. and started to go backwards.  Now at 9 hrs. is 169.  I've done four butts before first time I've had one go backwards.
  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Did you have a stall already? Do you have another probe you can check with?  Is your probe near the bone?
  3. 3ddiver

    3ddiver Newbie

    Mine went backwards yesterday while cooking for competition and I have never seen them do that before. It went from about 170 the last time I checked to about 150 and I about crapped. It came back up but boy was I nervous.
  4. mkatts

    mkatts Smoke Blower

    I have had most of mine drop about 5* in the plateu. Never 15-20* though!
  5. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Iver had that happen. And your right you do want to crap yourself.
  6. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Too bad the beer count in the cooler doesn't go backwards during a stall. That is aheck of a letoff if you ask me. Maybe the probe was right in a pile of fat that rendered down or something like that. I dunno
  7. i've only done 1 butt, but it went backwards shortly after it stalled at 169 degrees. 

    it didn't freak me out because i had read lots of threads that warned of the stall, and a few that mentioned the loss in internal temperature.

    old threads are a great resource here at SMF.  if you root around you can find the thread where someone (sorry i can't recall the member's name) explains the physics behind the stall.  it's very reassuring to know what problems might crop up and have strategies ready to addresss them.
  8. 3ddiver

    3ddiver Newbie

    The stall doesnt bother me I know that is normal but I had never seen one go backwards. Maybe they do and I just happened to catch it this time.
  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I have had that happen to me also and I just closed my eyes and took another swig of beer and when I opened my eyes again it was all fixed I think.......