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Apr 20, 2007
Marietta, GA
I just stumbled across this forum and had to sign up.

Name: Lee Grider
Equip: CharGriller Outlaw with offset firebox.
Status: A tick above just learning.
Location: Marietta, GA

Last time I smoked a Boston Butt, I felt like it cooked way too quickly. It was done in about 6 hours and change. I gauged doneness with a meat therm and hit 180F in the center of the meat. No need to overcook if done. I would welcome any suggestions for slowing down, and approx how long a butt or more should cook for. I've heard in the 12 hour range. I would like to get it to that point. My temp gauges ran around 250 ish with 2 water pans. I use a mix of charcoal and hickory and oak wood. Flavor was great, just would like it more tender. It was a tad stringy.
Also had my vents mostly closed down. Thanks!

The General
welcome to smf. run your smoker in the 225-240° range. leave the exhaust wide open. the intake damper is used to control heat, and it should be open part of the way at all times. it should take ~ 1.5 hours per pound to cook. here is a link with times and temps for everything. remember, it is a guideline. all meats will differ slightly. for example, when i smoke a brisket, it takes about 45 minutes to and hour per pound- and they come out excellent. i take boston butts and brisket to 200° internal. don't be afraid to ask any questions here. we will help you in any way you need. we were all beginners once. oh yeah, sign up for jeff's 5-day e-course. it is free and has loads of info in it. here is a link to it.
Congrats on the boy! He and I will share that birthday, as mine came in 1973. Thanks for the links, will put to use and report back.
Welcome to SMF! Glad you found us. Browse the forums and ask lost of questions. The friendly folks here will make answer.

Take care, have fun, and do good!


Welcome to the forum generalee sounds like chris has pretty much covered it for you. Glad you joined the best smoking forum there is and ever will be.

btw we have a General Lee also down here in Texas.
Nice to have you with us here at SMF, Lee!!

Be sure to sign up for Tulsa Jeff's Smoking Basics 5-day eCourse.

Enjoy the Forums!
Welcome to SMF.
And you're all wrong. There's only one General Lee. And he's was a Virginian.
I usually take my butts to 195-200 internal. They fall apart. Welcome to the forum!
First of all..........welcome generalee, great site u found
Secondly...........check your temp gauge at grate level(stock therms never work)
Thirdly..............sit back and enjoy! you'll find yourself here a lot, quite addicting
Welcome General Lee -

There's all kinds folks here from those who are still looking for a smoker to folks that have smoked all their lives! Feel free at ask any questions you might have along the way we're all ready to lend a hand!

The first skill in smoking is learning to control you heat and smoke. Have you checked the calibration of your thermometers against a cup of boiling water? More ofter than not they are off and need to be adjusted.
A belated welcome from Canada Lee ... BTW I also got Bear Claws on eBay ... they are not necessary ... but fun!

I see you are a professional photog ... so we expect food porn with a pro attitude

'cause we love it!
I'll be posting pics soon. I am going to be doing some butts and ribs for mothers day. Professional porn piggy style coming up....

Thanks for all the welcomes, I am looking forward to posting often.

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