First Smoke With Christmas Present

Discussion in 'Pork' started by gotribe, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. gotribe

    gotribe Newbie

    First, thank you all for your contributions to these forums. It sure made my first smoked meat attempt a lot easier.

    My wife got me a Masterbuilt 30 for Christmas and today was the first in what I hope is a long line of smoked meats. First attempt was an 8.5 lb. pork butt roast. In hindsight I put it in a bit late, 9:30 a.m., it was finished at 1:30 a.m., so 16 hours. Weather here in central Ohio is around 30 and outside temp didn't seem to affect anything. 

    The only potential mistake I made was injecting it before it reached 140, but it was at 150 in 4 hours, so I figure I dodged that one. Mostly cooked it at 235, foil wrapped it after 170, turned up the temp a bit to 250, and took it out at 200. I did spray it with apple juice / cider vinegar about once every hour. Once I put it in, I came back here and found that you don't have to smoke it the whole time, so I stopped smoking at 4 hours. That was great advice. I used hickory chips and what an amazing taste! Just about right for me, we'll see what the family thinks in the morning.

    Here are some photos. Thanks again for the great web site!

    Finished product, bone slid right out.

    That's a buncha pulled pork.

    My late night reward.

    gwschenk and bearcarver like this.
  2. puckhed33

    puckhed33 Fire Starter

    Looks tasty. Nice job
  3. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Pulled pork is hard to beat!  Looks like the Christmas present worked well for you!
  4. matchew

    matchew Smoke Blower

    Looking good, brother! Be careful, smoking meat can become an obsession. I've gained 20 pounds since I got the smoke've been warned.
  5. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome from SC. It's good to have you on this great site. That butt looks really great for a first try. Instead of spraying or spritzing every hour, add 1/2 cup of apple cider or juice when you wrap for the stall. It will add some flavor and help with your tenderness, but you won't be opening the door every hour, adding time to your cook.

    Good luck and keep on smokin', Joe :grilling_smilie:
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks Great Gotribe!!![​IMG]

    Mighty Tasty!![​IMG]

    Like Joe said---Put some juice in your package when you wrap it & you can skip the spritzing----That added hours to you smoke.

    Below could help:

    Pulled Boston Pork Butt  

    Last edited: Jan 6, 2016

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