My First Big Smoke - 25LBs of Pork Butt

Discussion in 'Pork' started by yotzee, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. yotzee

    yotzee Smoking Fanatic

    Posted the story in Roll Call when I joined, but wanted to share here because I things I learned in this forum led to success.  Done on a 22" Weber OTS.

    My daughters graduation party was Saturday and I committed to 25lbs of pulled pork.  I wanted to knock it out of the park, so I went full smoke!  I used boneless shoulders I got from Costco cut down into smaller pieces and rolled and tied where needed.  Used the homemade rub again.  Set up the Weber to use the snake method, lining the snake almost all the way around the circumference and topped with hunks of pecan.  Started it up at 11:30 and had the butts on at Noon. 

    Here's where it gets interesting.  I yet to purchase thermometers so I was flying blind with only the aid of my digital meat thermometer as somewhat of a guide.  Anyway, I was relatively confident from its reading in the upper vent that I was surfing around 210-225 at food level, so I just left it.  Every 2 hours or so I would check, rotate the meat, spritz with cider vinegar and close.  About 7PM I had the starts of a nice bark going and was hitting the stall.  I kept it up until 12:30 AM (still at about 165 internal) then pulled them from the smoker to a hotel pan with a mix of vinegar and apple juice.  Here's how they looked at that point:

    Covered them in foil, set the oven to 220 and went to bed.  Back up at 6 to shut the oven off.  I was confident they hit 195 by then as I have baked many an unsmoked but this way.  After resting in the warm oven for about an hour they were pulled.  FELL RIGHT APART.  I dressed/tossed with a mixture of cider and white vinegar, red pepper flake and my rub, then off to the party.  Put my homemade Carolina style sauce on the side and a load of buns and let people have at it.  THEY WERE THE HIT OF THE PARTY AND PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY ASKED ME TO CATER BBQ FOR THEM!!

    Anyway, I have to say thanks to all the contributors here as the techniques I learned made this all possible.  I will be around to learn and share!  Thanks everyone!!
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks tasty! Good job! Now get yourself a good thermometer and you'll be set!
  3. yotzee

    yotzee Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks Dirtsailor!  Thermometers being ordered!

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