First Smoke

Discussion in 'Pork' started by schauzy, Jun 30, 2013.

  1. Hey everyone, great website.  I smoked my first pork shoulder today.  This was my first smoke ever, and I must admit that I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  It was an 8 lb Boston Butt, and spent 9 hours on the smoker.  The weather changed on me so I wrapped it in foil and finished it in the oven.  Once it hit 205, I wrapped it in towels and let it sit in a cooler for an hour.  It fell apart and everyone enjoyed it.  My questions are many so I'll try to narrow it down.  During the 9 hours on the smoker, I burned through 18 lbs of charcoal (9 lbs of hardwood briquettes, and 9 lbs of hardwood lump).  Is this normal for a smoke?  I have a Smoke Hollow 4 in 1.  I know I have some mods to do to make it more efficient, but 18 lbs still seems like a lot.  I was able to keep the temp around 225-250 but I was adding a full chimney of charcoal every hour or so and kept the damper wide open.  I also had a lot of ash build up in the SFB, which started to affect the fire.  I added chunks of hickory and cherry throughout the smoke, but they only seemed to smoke for 30 minutes or so then I had to add more.  Is this normal for a smoke, or is there something I'm doing wrong or could be doing different?  Anyone have any advice or  suggestions for next time?  Thanks in advance for the help.  Happy Smokin'.
  2. 18 pounds in 9 hours? No that's not right. I smoked a Boston butt today, took 10.5 hours and I only went through 7 pounds of lump charcoal keeping the temp around 230 the whole time. I'm new to smoking so I can't give you advice on how to fix that, but I'm sure someone will stop in to help.
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  4. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit

    Thats alot of fuel to go through! Definitely sounds like too much air is getting to it. Burnin it all up!
  5. Thanks for the info. I had a feeling it was all the air getting in and out. Thanks again.

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