Pork Butt cooking up now

Discussion in 'Pork' started by izzib, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. Hi everyone,

    I put a pork butt on the Weber about 2 hours ago and its been tough to get the temp up to where I want it. I'm hoping it may be related to the air temp which is about 57; it should warm up as the day goes on so I'm not panicking yet.

    I'm cooking two 3 1/2 pounders with a temp around 212 and an IT of 171. Does everything sound OK? Should I bring the cooking temp down so it cooks longer?

  2. appwsmsmkr1

    appwsmsmkr1 Meat Mopper

    if you want pulled pork then the IT should be 200* if you want to slice it, the IT should be around 185-190 as per the folks on this forum.

    Hope this helps.
  3. I'm shooting for 200*.  I was concerend that it was cooking too fast - but I must have had the probe in too far- now the IT is at 152*. So hopefully I'm on track to get this off for dinner and not brunch :)

  4. appwsmsmkr1

    appwsmsmkr1 Meat Mopper

    I'm sure it will be awesome! :)
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If it finishes early you can always wrap in foil and stick them in a cooler with blankets and towels. They'll hold temp like that for 4+ hours. I would take them to 205* IT.
  6. Here's my update - the pork butt turned out pretty good.  It was a slow start I think because it was cool, drizzly and windy this morning.  Once the weather cleared the temps stayed pretty steady.  At one point, about half way through, I had to add some charcoal but it got back up to temp pretty quickly.  There were some points where the temp started to drop, but if I took the lid off for a few seconds and would climb back to where I wanted it.  I'm sure there's something I should be adjusting but I'm not sure what it is.  

    I know you guys like pics, so I'm sharing a few.

    The butcher split this for me so I could get it cooked quicker.

    All rubbed up.

    2 hours in.

    All done and taking it off.

    Chopping it up.

    Thanks for the help with this - I really appreciate it.

  7. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks tasty!

  8. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    Great looking pork Izzib!! Glad it turned out for you!!! Just gets easier from now on!
  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great! The other benefit to the split butt is you get more bark!

    When you are cooking, how are you setting your vents? When you lift the lids you're introducing more oxygen which is fueling the fire. I would suggest that you leave the top vent open all the way always and control the temp by adjusting the lower vents.

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