Since this is your 1st butt, keep the seasoning simple. that way you get a feel of the taste of the meat. After you get the technique down, then you can start adding the injections, and fancy complex rubs. Take my word for it though, salt, pepper garlic powder will make the meat taste just fine.
I agree iceman, I also like simple rubs, I like to go heavy on the pepper for beef but more garlic on pork.
Go ahead and use the mustard method though, it seems to work well, The rub always sticks really well and I've never really tasted mustard in the meat, not that mustard would even taste bad. Whatever just have fun with it
And for the "spray", I don't know what iceman uses but many people suggest and I also recommend apple juice in a spray bottle. Ever hour or so open the smoker and give a good spritz.
then when I foil I add a bunch more apple juice to the foil package and sort of tent the foil so that the meat has a little room in there. I can't remember where I read to do these things but I'm sure it was somewhere here on this website being that it's the only bbq website I use.
Well, here's the scoop. Couldn't find a butt, picked up a 9.5 pound Picnic. Salt, pepper, and lots of garlic. The spray shall be: apple and pineapple juice, Makers Mark (thanks Icemn62) and a touch of Garlic Pepper Tabasco. Smoke went down this AM at 6:00. Hope to pull at 7:00pm, and be passed out, fat, on the couch by 10:00!! I'll try to figure out the "picture posting thing" here. If not I'll put 'em up on my site with a link. Thank you ALL for the great tips! To be continued...
Picnic report card. Pulled it at 8:00pm (174 degrees). Foiled it, and let it rest for an hour. Peeled it off the bone and got stuffed. Smoked up my first batch of ABT's as well, they didn't make it far. We were pleased with the pork, enjoy some pics. Grade = B, not as "melt in your mouth" tender as I would have hoped. Next week, Salmon or ribs...
Mack-To get an A+ on the next one, take the internal temp to 190* then foil it and let it rest in an ice chest lined with old blankets and coved with blankets. The bone should pull right out and the butt falling apart.