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Pulled Pork

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Need to smoke an 8 lb boston butt for tomorrow to serve at noon. I was think of smoking overnight on my traeger. I was thinking of smoking at 180, put on at 11PM and then when I get up at 6 to increase to 225. Do you think there is a chance it could be down around 11AM?

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mike243

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I will bet yes, bump it up to 275-300 when you get up, that will probably leave time to rest it before pulling .
 

mike243

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I like to do the same thing but I bump to 225 for a 6 pm cook
 

sdesi1981

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Why 180? Seems like it would really dry out?

Personally, 250 degrees, put it on at 10-11 tonight. If its running behind you can always crank it up a bit in the morning to 275 to help power it through, otherwise if its done a little early, you should always build in some time to let it rest anyway. If by chance its done 2+ hours early, just wrap it in a towel and throw it in a cooler.
 

mike243

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I run butts all the time at lower temps because they produce more smoke, never had a dry 1 yet, you couldn't run something lean and thin that long but a butt is very forgiving imo
 

SmokinVOLfan

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I too would run it 225-250 to start and see what your temp is early in the morning. Chances are if you aren't wrapping you are going to need a bit more time. I have had 8-9 lb butts go non wrapped for 18+ hours. You never know!
 

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You can do this! A lot of us do similar on our pellet cookers all the time. You got this.
 

smokerjim

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looks like ya got some good info, i personally would do it ahead of time a day or a few days when ever i had the time and reheat the day of dinner. nothing wrong with what your doing but you never know what can go wrong. do you have a thermostat with an alarm that will wake you incase something goes wrong with your smoker, i don't want to be a downer but i know from experience things do happen.
 

Buckeye1

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I did a butt that size on Recteq today. Started 6:15 at 180 about 9:00 cranked up to 225. At noon wrapped in foil and turned up to 250. It was done at 3:15. Outside temp was 45 degrees and windy
 

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