Small "big cuts" Killing Me

Discussion in 'Pork' started by cottrillj, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. cottrillj

    cottrillj Newbie

    IL
    A couple weeks ago, I smoked a 4lb brisket that took 9 hrs. Yesterday, I did a 3.5lb pork shoulder that took 8 hrs. Both had to be foiled to help bring IT up and both ended up dry by the time they hit 200 IT. I'm doing two 8lb butts this weekend. Should I just foil them at 160?

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  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Try a higher pit temp. I've been smoking butts running the pit at 285-300 and get the same results as low and slow, only a bunch faster. I prefer to not foil even with low and slow. I just make sure I have the time to do it. My last low and slow butt took 21 hours (2) 9 pounders, pit temp was 250. That was two years ago. Since then it's been higher temp pit, and done in about 1 hour per pound.
     
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2016
  3. cottrillj

    cottrillj Newbie

    IL
    I have a MES30. I can only go 275, but I certainly planned to turn up the temp

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  4. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    If your wanting to speed up your smoke go ahead and foil them at 160. Being 8lbs they shouldn't end up dry. I alway cook my butts to 205 or until I get decent bone wiggle.
     
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Sounds like you have some options!

    Let us know how they turn out.

    Al
     

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