Memorial Day Butts - My first overnight smoke

Discussion in 'Pork' started by micker, May 30, 2010.

  1. micker

    micker Fire Starter

    I finally decided to do my first overnight smoke tonight. I picked up two great looking 8# butts earlier in the week.  I brined them on Friday night in my usual brine of pickling salt and molasses.  I pulled them out early this morning and gave them some drying time in the fridge for the day.

    Here they are right after coming out of the brine


    I need to get a rack to dry things on.. Instead I use an old broiler pan...

    I pulled them out of the brine about 9am this morning and put the in the fridge to dry.  I let them dry until around 4pm and made up some rub.


    The rub I used is 

    Hungarian Sweet Paprika

    Chili Powder

    Hawaiian Red Salt

    Black pepper

    Colemans Dry Mustard

    Garlic Powder

    Onion Powder

    Brown Sugar

    These are the rubbed butts getting ready for some more rest with the rub on them


    I got the smoker started up around 930pm and by 10 the butts were getting some smoke


    I'm spraying them with a 50/50 rum and apple spray every 30-45 minutes... 

    I'll be in the chat room most of the evening.  Stop by and say hi
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Looks like a great start!!
  3. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Looks like some good pig!
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Everything look good so far.
  5. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looking good so far.[​IMG]
  6. micker

    micker Fire Starter

    ok, so around 6am I was at it again.  This time I was taking the chicken out of the brine, rinsing and drying it and making some chicken rub.

    I've been experimenting with using Grains of Paradise in my poultry rub (its really good) but as I'm making rubs I'm always caught off guard by how white the grains become after I grind them.  This time I decided to make a white rub and build it around the Grains of Paradise


    The White Rub is made with 

    Grains of Paradise

    White Pepper

    Colemans Dry Mustard

    Granulated Garlic

    Onion Powder

    Fleur de Sel (big flaky sea salt from france)

    Here is the bird all dressed in its new rub


    I put it on a beer can chicken stand and for the liquid I boiled some apple juice mixed with the white rub, white vinegar and a splash of lemon juice.  Then I cut some thyme from the garden and shoved a few sprigs in the cavity before putting the can stand in.

    I didnt get a picture of it on the stand, but its now in the smoker doing its best Heisman pose on the beer can stand getting some apple smoke.  I'll snap a pic of it next time I spray it.

    I also forget to get a pic of the butts before I foiled them, but they hit 165 around 7am.  I'm a bit concerned though as they haven't hit 170 yet and its going on 9:30 now.

    I have time to spare, no one is coming by until 2pm so I have some time...
  7. micker

    micker Fire Starter

    that should have said rice vinegar above, not white vinegar.

    Now its time to finish the coffee from 2am and get the kitchen cleaned again.  The fiance is going to be home from work in a bit and is bringing ABT supplies with her.
  8. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Keep up the good smokes!! The rest will come soon enough and the house will smell delicious.
  9. burksmoke

    burksmoke Smoke Blower OTBS Member

    Looking really great.
  10. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    its looking like your plan is coming together, can't wait to see the finished smoke
  11. newflame

    newflame Meat Mopper

    sam adams summer ale has grains of paradise in it..unique flavor for sure, it would be interesting to try it in a rub.
  12. dfplumber

    dfplumber Newbie

    It's nice to see what your doing.  I'm just starting and my pull pork  is not pullable. Cooked at 210 for 10 hours not pullable Don't k'now what is wrong,did a rub overnite . Taste was great. I don' know if you answer. sI find the site hard to use   Thks for any help Don
  13. newflame

    newflame Meat Mopper

    What is the internal temperature of your meat right now? need to insert a probe thermometer into the thickest part of the meat, 210 seems a bit low for temperature, you need to get the internal meat to 200-205 before it will pull easily.
  14. snowpro

    snowpro Newbie


    You didn't cook it long enough or high enough.The last butt I cooked, I had it in for 12 hours at 230 degrees, when it stalled at 185 degrees. It took another 3 hours before it went up to 205 degrees.I removed it from the smoker and let it set for about an hour before pulling it.At that point it almost fell apart on it's own,Needless to say it was very tender, and also juicy.
  15. So, if I'm reading this right, this smoke lasted a total of 15 hours?  Reason I ask is because I just finished my first attempt at pulled pork this last weekend, and mine lasted 14 hours.  The internal temp was 192 when I yanked it off the smoker.  Only because it was 11 pm and I had to work early the next morning.  It had great flavor but, it could have been a little more tender. 
  16. guvna

    guvna Smoking Fanatic

    if you foil at 160* to 170* internal and take it to 205*, it should pull. just keep the smoker under 250*.
  17. newflame

    newflame Meat Mopper

    I did two butts last night, put them in at 5:00 pm, took them out at 7:00 am, total of 14 hours, 192 is a bit early in my opinion for pulled pork, though i think that's about perfect for slicing.  it's around these temperatures that the connective tissues/collagen are breaking down, which is what makes the meat "fall apart" time start a little earlier maybe, make sure it hits at least 200, and you'll be pretty happy with the results, nothing like pulling that bone out clean the first time :)  good luck.
  18. micker

    micker Fire Starter

    I messed up guys.. I don't have any finished Qview pics... We had a storm roll in, I grabbed the coolers and took them inside as the first guests arrived.  The ABT's got devoured and then we tore into the meat shortly after that and I had consumed a few drinks by then and never thought to pull out the camera.

    I have to say thanks though, the timing was perfect!

    The pork went on at 10PM and got foiled around 7am. I took one butt off and put it in the cooler around 11:45am and the other a little after noon.  When I pulled the first one around 2:30 it was perfect.  Everyone raved about it.

    As for the bird I put it in at 9:30am.  I took it out and did the foil and cooler routine on that around 1pm.  It was perfect as well.  I got a lot of compliments on the chicken, it was as impressive as the pork.  I'm going to do another bird this weekend. I love how fast it is to cook in the smoker.

    We also did a couple of stuffed smoked eggplants for a vegetarian friend who was attending, which received great reviews as well.
  19. snowpro

    snowpro Newbie

    Since I don't like staying up all night to add chips to the smoker, here's the way I do it...I put the butts ( Two 8 pound butts)  into my Brinkman Verticle propane smoker, and smoke them for 6 hours or so at 230 degrees. I then remove them from the smoker, double wrap them in aluminum foil, and place them into a Rival roaster oven set at 230 degrees for an additional 13 or so hours. What I'm looking for is an internal meat temperature of over 200 degrees. I wait until near the end before I check the temperature because I use an instant read thermometer, and I don't want a lot of holes in the meat from constant checking. (Juices will run out the holes.) Once the 200 plus degree range is reached, they are removed from the roaster oven, and allowed to cool for for an hour or so before pulling....( Note...The butts could certainly be cooked in a regular oven, but I don't like to go to bed while my oven in on, so I use the roaster oven which I got cheap at a garage sale. I then set it outside the house on a 50 foot extension cord, and I sleep soundly without worry of something happening. It's also easier to maintain the heat in a small roaster oven than a large oven.)
  20. ondagawood

    ondagawood Smoke Blower

    Wow, was I lucky to get my butt done in only 10 hrs.? It reached 200 when I pulled it out and started shredding and it was good. I did place a piece of foil over it at around 180 or so.

    Anyway I enjoyed it and it looks like you(r) will (was) good too..........

    Oh yeah my butt was only 5.5 lbs, so I guess cook time would be less (sorry)


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