Smoked my first Boston butt. Why did I wait so long?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by uncle eddie, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. uncle eddie

    uncle eddie Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I don’t know why, but until today I have never smoked a pork shoulder or Boston butt for pulled pork.  I guess we like too many other smoked delights.  But after today, pulled pork is definitely in the rotation.  And, it was one of the easier smokes that I have done.

    I started with a 7.0 pound Boston butt.  Seasoned it the night before (yellow mustard and SPG) and put it in my pre-heated MES40 smoker at 275F at 7AM this morning.  Thermometer went in the meat at the start because at 275F, it would cruise through the "danger zone" in under 4 hours.  The butt was at 203F at 5:40 and so tender that I pulled the bone right out of it.  It only got a 15 minute rest because the wife was hungry...and she must be kept happy.  The short rest had no ill effects as the meat was still plenty moist.

    Hickory was used for the smoke.  I did not wrap it at 165F - it was in the MES40 smoker all the way.  No water used in the water pan.

    Here are a few pics...



    After I pulled out the bone

    Initial shred with forks

    hand shredded the rest of the way after it cooled a bit

  2. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Well now you know why pork butt/pulled pork is one of the most frequently smoked meat. A definite favorite in our house.

    Yours looks great. Good bark, perfectly cooked and moist, tender PP. Nice job.

    POINT for finally doing a butt and making great PP.

    Did you use a finishing sauce or add the drippings back in.

  3. uncle eddie

    uncle eddie Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the points.  We used a finishing sauce - local guys make it and market it as STICKY PIG.  
  4. chopsaw

    chopsaw Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    It does look good . I see you're in Mo. I've had Sticky pig ,,, it's good .  Nice job . 
  5. myownidaho

    myownidaho Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Point for the PP! Ya dun good.
  6. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Great job on that butt!  [​IMG]

  7. smokinal

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

    That definitely is some good looking PP!

    Love the bark on the butt!



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