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Butt questions

Discussion in 'Pork' started by fathomthis, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. fathomthis

    fathomthis Fire Starter

    So I want to make carnitas for my second smoke project and ice got ideas running through my head! (having trouble concentrating at work).

    Anyway, what I want to do is a root beer marinade over night and possible a rub rest the night it the timing works out. So I need a good carnitas rub recipe.

    I also don't know the proper temps for a pork butt. I know it gets pulled out at 205. Any other steps or pointers would be great!
  2. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    foil it w/ some liquid at 160 / 165 and take it on up to 205.

     Google( recipe for carnitas smoked) There are numerous recipes and some of them sound mighty good.
  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Send a PM to chefrob he is the best guy to check with on this one
  4. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Also check the pork butt sticky, great info on temps and procedure on that thread.
  5. nrok2118

    nrok2118 Fire Starter

    I just did a root beer marinade and it came out pretty good.  I also injected with a root beer pineapple and rub solution, meat came out kinda dark, looked like it was sauced.  If your completely new to this do your research, theres plenty of info all over this site and the web.  Youtube is nice too cause you can get some visual aid.  Im still a newbie but the number one thing ive learned with butts is plan for it to take a lot longer than expected.  My root beer one this weekend sat in the smoker for 18 hours and only got to 193.  Time before that I foiled at 160 and finished in the oven because of weather and still took 14 hrs to get 195.  And these are all butts under 8 pounds!

    Good Luck and make sure to post some Q-View!!
  6. fathomthis

    fathomthis Fire Starter

    your scaring me i need to learn an over night technique before i start just in case. i was planning on starting the fire at around 7 or 8 saturday morning and putting the butt on around 8 or 9 and hopefully be done around 6 or 7. im in cali so you know the weather is amazing =-P hope that helps to my advantage!
  7. be afraid. it really depends on the weight of the butt. 1 1/2 hrs per pound is the guideline for cooking a butt but this does not take into account the dreaded plateau. the butts can stall at a temperature and refuse to move so I would allow myself as much time as possible to do your cook. if you start early you can always foil wrap the butt wrap it in towles and stick it in a cooler. you would be surprised how long they will stay hot that way.
  8. nrok2118

    nrok2118 Fire Starter

    How big is your pig?  1.5 and hour is used a lot but plan on closer to 2hr/pound just in case.  As said you can always wrap up and put in a cooler for a couple hours, and since your doing carnitas you could always pull it and reheat it when the time is right.  The average commercial butt is about 7-8 pounds so anything like this and your gonna need more time, but if you got a little guy you MIGHT be able to make a days work out of it
  9. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    those are about the same times i use and i do about a 5# butt.............got yer pm and i sent you what i use for a wet rub.

    hey gary, did ya like those lil' tacos??
  10. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    An hour and a half a pound is a pretty good refinance on time. But remember that you can leave the butt in the cooler for more then an hour. Heck I have kept them in the cooler for more like 4-5 hours and they still come out really hot. The secret is to pack  in the towels in the cooler for the long haul.
  11. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've said this before but will say it again, if you have an old down coat that you aren't using any more use it. Foil your butt, wrap a towel around it, then wrap in the down coat, place in the cooler. I have kept butts hot for 6 hours using this method. The down is an excellent insulator. If you have a second hand store you might be able to find one there. If I where you I would get the smoker going around 5:30 or 6 am. I smoked 10 butts a couple of weeks ago and it took 18 hours until the last butt was done. If you are doing 1 or 2 5-7 lb butts give yourself at least 12 hours just in case.