First Butt in the New Smoker! w/ QView

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Original poster
Jun 1, 2011
Sunny (and HOT) S. Texas
Well, as I've said in my ealier posts, I absolutely LOVE my new MES 40!  I got to try a pork butt in there yesterday and it came out AMAZING!


A 7-lb with a simple rub (from the MES manual) of salt, brown sugar, and chili powder.  I had a different rub in mind, but I wanted to try this one for the "inaugural" run.


Sorry, this pic is blown out a bit - it was @#$% BRIGHT outside!  But, here's it is in the smoker.  I had some old apricot wine I used, along with some water, in the water pan and also used pecan wood chips for smoke.  The smells all around the back patio were "intoxicating!"


Doing a FINE job so far!


It didn't have quite the bark that I was expecting, but  O H  M Y  L O R D  the flavor!  Tender to the bone.


The plated pork butt with some mashed sweet potatoes w/ walnuts, garlic-roasted cauliflower and jalapeno and some applesauce.
That butt looks awesome!

Did you pull it at 195º for slicing?

That's the way I like to do mine,

Great job

Actually, I pulled it at 160° and let it rest for about 10 minutes before slicing. We ate what we wanted (plus a LOT of nibbling), took some for lunch, gave some to the neighbors, put some in the freezer and had enough left (along with the bone) for a kick @$$ pot of beans for tonight.
I may not have had the probe in right (and I thought 160 was considered "medium" for pork).  But, it was cooked through and turned out quite tender.  The bone didn't slide right out like I would've expected, but it wasn't hard to cut or chew at all.  Oh well, gives me an excuse to try another one and "experiment."  Thanks, everyone, for the input.
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