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Spray or mop for pulled pork

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I'm doing a pork shoulder t
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oday. Is a mop/spray worth it? It's about 4.5lbs, starting at 8am, ending around 6pm. Any advice is appreciated, pictures to follow.

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I'm doing a pork shoulder t View attachment 495607 oday. Is a mop/spray worth it? It's about 4.5lbs, starting at 8am, ending around 6pm. Any advice is appreciated, pictures to follow.

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I’ve done both. With mixed results. What we (my family) like is using a finishing sauce:
 

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Sounds great! I'll definitely give this a try today.,
I’ve done both. With mixed results. What we (my family) like is using a finishing sauce:
 

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Pork butt is so automatic for good results I think it would just be busy work to mop or spray.
 

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I have a bit of a different approach. Most of the time I smoke my butts in a pan with some chicken broth. So every 45 minutes or so I just take a Turkey blaster & suck the juice out of the pan & cover the butt with it. I guess there are as many ways to smoke a butt as there are for ribs. It’s hard to mess up a butt, so I’m sure whatever method you use, you will be happy! Also I do agree with using a finishing sauce, it really takes it to another level. Both JJ’s & SFQuer’s are great, but we prefer SFQuer’s, (no offense JJ!). Your recipes have always been fantastic, this is just a personal preference!:emoji_disappointed:
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I'm doing a pork shoulder today. Is a mop/spray worth it? It's about 4.5lbs, starting at 8am, ending around 6pm. Any advice is appreciated, pictures to follow.

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I never Mop or Spray, but I use an electric smoker, and it takes too long to recover after opening the door that long.
I also put the Butt on a Wire cooling rack, in a pan. The wire rack keeps it from sitting in it's own fats & juices, and allows the Smoke to get all around the roast.
Below are 3 different Step by Steps of Pulled Pork Butts:

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Pulled Boston Pork Butt (230°--April 23, 2013) foiled
Pulled Boston Pork Butt (265°--Oct 21, 2018) foiled
Pulled Boston Pork Butt (275°--Sept , 2020) not foiled
 

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I Spray the meat with Apple cider vinigar. if you spray, try not to spray the fat. you want that to render down and if you spray/mop it it tends to slow down the rendering process.
 

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^^^^^ this when I use my electric.
 

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I just did one about that size. When I pulled it out of the smoker, the bark looked a little dry. I wrapped in foil and towels and let it be for a couple of hours. When I unwrapped it, the foil was filled with juice and the bark was moist. I just don’t think opening and spraying during the cook would have accomplished anything. It certainly would have taken longer. It sure does taste good!
 

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Everything came out amazing, I made the classic Cole slaw from Jeff's first book and the finishing sauce recommended by yankee2bbq and I didn't spray or mop at all. However it did take 12&1/2 hours for some reason lol.
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Thanks for all the tips guys.
 

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Looks good to me. And I have learned not to do anything to a timer. Go for IT and how well it probes.
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