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Meat Mopper
Original poster
Jan 17, 2011
Lindenhurst, NY
this upcoming sunday i play to do a Pork Butt for some pulled pork.

we usually eat dinner at about 6pm. i was wondering if you guys have any methods of timing when your food comes out? do you estimate, and start a little early? like say i want to be eating at 6, should i estimate a finish time of 4, that way it should be done before dinner time rather than later? just dont want to keep the family waiting.

I rough guess the 1-1.5 hour per pound then add 2 hours for the wrap in foil and cooler.And if its cold i add another hour or so.Every smoke is differant and i mostly cook using temps but i try to know when its going to be about done....depending on the stall if any.Most of the time you can get it pretty close with the 1-1.5 per pound but sometimes....its bbq and you can't rush it,its done when its done.
I usually figure 2 hours per lb that way I give myself extra time and I know it will be done early then I let it rest in the cooler until its time to eat. Or like les3176 said figure 1.5 hours per lb of meat and then give yourself 2 or so hours extra wiggle room for resting in the cooler.
2 hours per pound or a few extra will prolly work.

This also means starting off with an already warmed up and smoking smoker.

I just did a 6 pounder that went really well.

Up at 5am to get the smoker and meat ready.

In the smoker at 6...out at 165 to be foiled and back in til 5 to 205.

Rested til 6,pulled and eaten.

 Good luck and have fun!!

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ALLWAYS!!!! Start earlier than you think you need to.

 Smoke to temps and then wrap in a double layer of foil. Wrap in a towel and place in a warm dry ice chest .It will stay hot for 5 hrs easily.

 Pull  right before serving.
Another option is to smoke it the day before, then just re-heat it on gameday, whatever works best for you.
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I agree with eman. Start early & just wrap & put in cooler. They stay too hot too handle for hours.
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