Do or Do Not split a pork butt before smoking?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by nascar_in_tx, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. nascar_in_tx

    nascar_in_tx Fire Starter

    Hey All,

    I was on pulled pork duty for a group of friends at a get together out of town last weekend. I bought two 8lb. pork butts. Smoked them, rested, pulled, vacuum sealed and froze. I thawed them out two days prior to the get together, placed the pulled pork in a couple of aluminum foil pans with drippings, foiled and heated. It turned out great, everyone was happy.

    Now I've been given a 16lb. pork butt and requested to have it smoked and pulled for a Birthday party being held out of town on July 4th at a friends lake house. I'm in the same boat as above, need to smoke ahead of time and re-heat at the party.

    I bought the first two at a meat market and they were packed two butts to a vacuum bag, four bags to the case. With this said, Can I Cut this 16lb. butt in half (creating two pieces of meat that appear to be the same as what I bought, shape wise) and expect the same results? Or do I really need to leave it as one piece and wait out the smoke?

    I really do not care to do a 24+ hour smoke if I can split the pork and do it in ~16 hours. Suggestions anyone?

    Thanks all!!!

    Planning to do the butt and a 14lb. brisket this weekend, will post q-view!!!
  2. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Split it in half, and remove the fat cap
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Cut it. The piece with the bone may go a little longer but the time overall will be the same...JJ
  4. x3

    I think this method makes for better smoke and seasoning taste...let us know how it turns out!

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