145* or 165*

Discussion in 'Pork' started by sofa king good, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. been reading lots of stuff on here and notice a definite division... some take their butts to 145* then wrap in foil, while others go to 165* before wrapping... seems the plateau is between 145-150. has the blue stuff got to me or what? someone talk to me, Im hungry!
     
  2. daboys

    daboys Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I go to 160-165, then foil.
     
  3. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I gota 165 myself long as everthins movin right along.
     
  4. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    NY
    There is no right or wrong. By applying the foil you are stopping the smoke from hitting the meat. If you like it smokier foil later and vice versa.


    I like it smokey, I don't foil until it gets to 195 and I am ready to put it in the cooler.
     
  5. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well, it really depends on how much the wife is yelling at me. [​IMG]
    Actually I try to reach the 160º area before foiling. The longer you can go without foiling, if you have the TIME, the more bark will form on the butt.
     
  6. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    165-170 then foil.
     
  7. lfroberts5

    lfroberts5 Fire Starter

    Newbie here but, I take mine to 200 without foiling. Just my .02
     
  8. smoking gun

    smoking gun Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    On Butts I take em to 165-170 before foiling. More bark / better flavor.
     
  9. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    when i started doing butts, i didn't do the TEXAS/OKLAHOMA cheat........but the barq got SO HARD........took a jack hammer to bust it up.........i foil now, with spritzing the butt well, so it can steam up abit, soil the barq gets abit softer...........but i foil at 170
     
  10. okie joe

    okie joe Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I hold mine longer more in the range of 180* some times 190*but neaver at 145* my 2 cents
     
  11. lostarrow

    lostarrow Fire Starter

    there's more than one way to smoke a butt. Early foiling gives less smoke asofter bark but a juicier product. Later or no foiling more smoke & harder bark. I didn't foil in the past but now foil about 6hrs. To be honest I like it both ways
     
  12. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hello, Sofa King, like Ron says , NO hard rule but I like to do the whole smoking without wrapping in foil. I keep my temps in the smoke chamber around 225 to no more than 250 and go(using the 1.5/hr. rule of thumb) until the bone is loose enough to pull then gently wrap and put it to rest. That's what works for me, but I like lots of smoke![​IMG]
     
  13. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Like Ron said, everybodys got an opinion on this, and they're all right!
     
  14. 13spicerub

    13spicerub Meat Mopper

    NYC
    basically what everyone else is sayin about foiling early. it just saves time, but if your not in a rush then don't foil til late. i've also heard after a certain temp you can't get anymore smoke penetration so it might be a waste of wood and coal to not foil.
     

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