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Need help with smoking a pork butt

Discussion in 'Pork' started by babyham420, May 17, 2018.

  1. I am going to be smoking a pork butt on Saturday but have some questions.
    Should I smoke the butt at 225 or 275?
    How long should I cook it for at those temps?

    Thanks in advance
  2. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    A pork butt doesn't care what temp you use. 225F takes longer (2-2.25 hours per pound) than 275F (about an hour to 90 minutes per pound). Personally I smoke 8-10 lb bone-in butts overnight for about 12 hours at 225F, then crank the temp up to 275-325F for the last 3-5 hours. Just did a 9.2 lb butt on Monday, finishing on Tuesday. Total time was just over 17 hours.
  3. yankee2bbq

    yankee2bbq Smoking Fanatic

    I agree with the above statement.
  4. Thanks for the insight. I think I may try the overnight smoke with the low heat. This is my first time smoking a pork butt so I am a little nervous but extremely excited
  5. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good advice above . Cook to internal temp . I like 205 .
    What you cooking on ?
  6. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have a 30 also . If I'm not going over night , I tend to run on the hotter side to get it finished .
    Good luck . Nothin to be nervous about . It's gonna be good .
  7. ok thanks! I will post pics during the process!
  8. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I've smoked butts at 240 and 275. The final results are equally good but personally I just prefer 240.
    At 240 your butt will probably stall at about 160. When it stalls you can either wait it out or wrap the butt to shorten the stall. Again I find no difference in the pulled pork.
    Like choose, I cook my butts to 205 IT. Then it should probe like soft butter and the bone should pull out easily and clean.
    And don't worry about it. A butt is the most forgiving chunk of meat out there. You really have to work hard at it to hurt a butt.
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  9. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Hopefully you have an Amazen tray or tube, cause you don't want to be getting up every 45 minutes to put chips in the smoker!