Amount of Meat/Total Time

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by trabba, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. trabba

    trabba Fire Starter

    I'm pretty sure I already know the answer to this but I just want confirmation as this is the first time I am smoking for a larger crowd. I'm smoking a 9 pound butt and rolling 2 fatty's this Saturday. I plan to put the butt on around 5am and smoke it in the 250 - 275 range, probably closer to the higher end and then put the fatty's on around 10am to be done in 3-4 hours. My questions is, will the overall volume of meat affect the total smoking time at all and if so, how significantly? Thanks.
  2. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Yes and no. Depends on the smoker. If you are filling up a large smoker than the thermal mass of the cold meat will put more strain on the smoker. If it is a large smoker and that amount of meat is nothing compared to the total capacity than each item should cook in roughly the time it would if it was by itself. 
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    They are going in different times. So short of the temp drop from opening the door to add the Fatties, there will be little impact, 20-30 minutes tops. Now adding 6 Fatties, that amount of cold meat can cause a longer recovery and add some time...JJ
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2015
  4. trabba

    trabba Fire Starter

    Thanks for the confirmations. I'm using a WSM 18.5. 

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