Smoking my first butt tonight!

Discussion in 'Pork' started by jdeaston, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. New member here, trying my first overnight smoke tonight. 8 pounds of Boston butt, due to the weight and weather forcast I am starting tonight. I will post pics, have read up on it and have a pretty good idea of what I need to do. The only question I really have is how often do most of you have to add to your fire? I am using a chargriller smoking pro, and i know it all comes down to the grill, but just trying to get some average times.
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    JD, morning.....   Is that smoker of yours one that can use the Minion Method ???   I'm not familiar with it.....   On some smokers, the minion method will provide heat/smoke for 12-18 hours....     

  3. Sorry about the late response, I will have to read up on the minions method, I am a complete greenhorn as far as true smoking is concerned.

    Being my first overnight smoke, I was anxious and couldnt sleep, so after everything was done and served, I relaxed then went to bed. Overall, I was very happy with the pork. Probably the best I have ever had, although next time I may add a little more smoke.

    I pulled it at about 185-190 internal temp, which took 13.5 hours. I was expecting a 16 hour cook, but it came out so tender you barely had to chew it. While cooking i was able to maintain a temp within 5-10 degrees of 225, unfoiled the entire time. Sprayed it with apple juice about once an hour for the last 4 hours. Once I pulled it from the grill i wrapped in foil and towles, let it sit in a cooler until serving. The meat was still at 150 degrees at serving time, four hours later. it turned out great I thought, we gave away around 3 pounds of it, everyone loved it.

    Here are some pics, if I can figure out how to post them.

    Just pulled from the smoker

    Just pulled from the cooler and ready to pull apart

    The first cut

    Ready to serve
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    JD..... great job on the grub.....   [​IMG]  .....

  5. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks some Pulled pork.

  6. Thanks guys, I was happy with it, being the first I had ever done. The bark was great, but it was still so tender I doubt i ever try foiling it. Without reading these forums I never would have knew where to start, the info available and people here are incredible.
  7. Fine job on your 1st butt!  Fine job  [​IMG]
  8. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yep, you're hooked! Some one get him a T-shirt.

    Dang nice way to spend a Sunday, ain't it.
  9. Thanks guys, I have a lot to learn, and I will always be trying to improve. But this was only the second time I have used my smoker, so i am happy with where im at so far. If i can get off work early I may yet a prime rib sometime this week.

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