Hey gang, Yesterday I did my first boston butt for pulled pork, and was extremely pleased with the outcome. What a wonderful dinner last night, the wife went nuts over it. My daughter and her husband came over to try some, and they could not get enough. Now I have a dumb question I am sure. I did a lot of reading and asking questions here on the forums prior to attempting this, which is why it turned out so good - thanks to all the helpful folks here! So I read to figure around 1.5-2 hours per lb on a butt, so say a 10lb would take somewhere around 15-20 hours app. I picked up a 10 lb butt, however the night before I deboned it, and halved it ( butterflied). This way, smoke time would be way less. I cooked the halves yesterday to an IT of 205F. Total smoke time was around 8.5 hours. One half was done at just under 8 hours, the other half 8.5 hours. I smoked them at 240F. So my dumb question : Why do folks do whole butts and take all that amount of time and use all of that fuel? That certainly seems to be the preference by most folks. I see where folks will stay up all night in some cases smoking a butt. I noticed the store here I get my meat from, also offers the butts in halves - already deboned - thinking next time I just will get couple of those and make it even easier. Just curious, thanks.