Pulled pork question

Discussion in 'Pork' started by ndtiger, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. ndtiger

    ndtiger Newbie

    I am going to smoke two 10 lb. butts tomorrow. I will smoke them for about 7 hours, then wrapp in foil and put in oven for about 6 hrs. at 230 degrees. I then want to put them in a cooler for about 7 hrs. Will this be okay?????
  2. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Why are you gonna cook them so long? Just smoke them to 205 internal-than cooler them a couple hrs.
  3. ndtiger

    ndtiger Newbie

    low and slow?????
  4. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    We smoke to temperatures not times there are too many variables for time to work correctly. I would suggest smoking at 225-250 degrees until the meat reaches 165 degrees internal. At that point you can foil and put it into a 250 degree oven until it hits internal of 200-205 degrees. If you have a warm dry cooler and wrap the foiled butts in a couple towels it should hold decent temps for quite awhile. Depending on temps where its going to be stored you may want to check the butts every so often and make sure the temp doesn't fall to low. Most of us buy meat thermometers to monitor the meat temps. The fat, collagen and connective tissues will break down differently in different pieces of meat so thats why times don't really work
  5. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have gone overnight in a cooler and still had them very hot...... but!... they were almost mushy. They basically continued to cook in the foil and tasted fine, but had broken down a lot. I wouldn't cooler them for more than 4 hrs if you pull them out at 200-205. You might want to pull it at 185-190 if you want to leave it in the cooler for 7 hrs.
  6. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    I agree with this 101%. I've had the same experience. The pork was still good, but it had lost it's normal texture. I could have eaten it without teeth. :)
  7. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Actually they aren't going to keep cooking that long. They may rise another 10 degrees or so but then they will start cooling down. They can turn mushy if you smoke them to a high temp for too long and they sit in their own juices. I had 4 of them in the cooler today wrapped and checked the temp regularly to see where they were at. I had one that was at 205 when I put it in and it was down to 176 in a little over 2 hours. I had another one that got wrapped at 195 and it was at 162 in a little over 3 hours. I think your really pushing it trying to keep above 140 for 7 hours. You might do it but I'd be checkin on the temps regularly after 4 or 5 hours. On the smoking..... what Jerry says.... use times as a rough estimate... always smoke by internal temp.

    I took the butts I smoked for presents to where they were suppose to go and everybody wanted to know how to smoke meat that tasted like that. For all you that haven't smoke anything yet or are having troubles... start simple.. with everything.

    Have a reliable therm at your grate so you know exactly what your smoking temp is...
    Have a good therm to check your internal temps....
    Keep your smokin temp in the 225 to 250 range....
    Leave the door/lid shut....
    Go easy on the smoking wood....
    Go easy on your seasonings and build up to the taste you like......
    Smoke your meat to temp.....
    Have fun learning.
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My first words of advice to you is we smoke by temp not time.So I would do almost like piney said and smoke you meat to about 165-170 and then foil with some of you spirtzing liquid and then take it to about 200-205 and then still wrapped in the foil if you haven't poked a hole in the foil wrap it in towel and then into a dry cooler and leave a probe in the meat. Make sure that the cooler is full of towels the more the better and then just keep an eye on the temps. then yuou should be just fine with this smoke.

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