First smoke and kinda in a panic

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  1. brian44

    brian44 Newbie

    [ATTACHMENT=1531]1404481266193.jpg (4,163k. jpg file)[/ATTACHMENT]Is it common for temp to rise so fast? Already up to 115 in just 3 hrs. I put probe in what I felt was center of butt...should I move prob or is it gonna level off at stall?
  2. jax04

    jax04 Smoke Blower

    I think mine was at 130-135 at the 4 hour mark. Temp on smoker was about 230-240 whole time.

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  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    115* in 3 hours is not fast at all---It should get to 140* by the end of 4 hours.

    What smoker temp are you using??

  4. jax04

    jax04 Smoke Blower

    I feel like normally I wrap it at that mark and its about the same.

    How big is your pork? What temp are you cooking at?

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  5. brian44

    brian44 Newbie

    Keeping right about 250
  6. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thats not fast at all. You're doing fine. She'll slow down a bit and when you hit the stall you'll be wondering why she's not cooking faster. It'll all even out. Hang in there and don't panic. Happy 4th.
  7. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Patience will win the race and you'll be rewarded with a great tasting pig piece.

    Relax, smell the wife's flowers, check for a ball game on TV, fix some happy 4th coffee, sit on the porch and appreciate where you live.
  8. brian44

    brian44 Newbie

    As usual, the info is always correct on here...she's settled nicely...thanks everyone. Some day I hope I'll be giving answers on here!
  9. brian44

    brian44 Newbie

    Ok...One more book I'm using says to cook to 195 internal temp. Sounds high too me...
    Thoughts? I thought 160 was was done
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    195* is actually little low for Pulled Pork. You have to break it down & tenderize it.

    Below is my Step by Step---On that one I killed the heat at 203*, and it coasted to 208* IT:

  11. mattyoc20

    mattyoc20 Smoke Blower

    195 is perfect.  I am doing a butt right now and I at 185*  I wrapped it up in foil at 165. another hour or so and ill pull it off a let rest in a cooler for a couple of hours.
  12. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Every piece of pork is as different as every person's perfect smoke. There is no one perfect way, when you find your "sweet spot" you'll learn to bend it and use it with most of what you cook.

    Which piece of meat is right? Which type smoke? Brine? Rub? Season? Inject? Everyone here will enjoy helping you and everyone usually has a different idea. See two smokers built at the same plant most likely don't have the same cooking aspect. They have different hot spots, you use different coal, you place the meat on different racks. All these things affect what you'll see when cooking.

    Luckily the good thing is you have to smoke meat to figure it all out, and that's not a bad thing.

    Me, I am old school, here learning new school and enjoying it! I don't care much for foil, its a way to speed things up. Heck until here lately I never used a digital thermometer. Again another thing I had to embrace, it guarantees a delicious meal even if you make a mistake. I wish they would have had one 40+ years ago when I was learning on my own. LOL

    My pit actually is much like Bear's, I cook mine at 220 and for some reason pulling at 203 is like a magic number. It just works for me.

    A suggestion, don't pick a random number. Get a toothpick or Ice pick if you can find one, and gently probe one spot when the probe slides in like its passing thru hot butter, it ready. You don't need a thermometer. Then allow it 30 mins to and hour to rest, it will make all the difference. Think upon it, you've smoked for hours and hours and hours and then you can't wait an hour to make it perfect?

    Bonne Chance, and have a great 4th. [​IMG]

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