First Time Pork Butts in MES40 - Have questions

Discussion in 'Pork' started by smokingneophyte, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. Going to smoke two 8LB pork butts in my new MES40 using Todd's A-Maze-N pellet smoker.  I also just purchased Jeff's rub recipe and plan on using that.  I have several questions:
    1. What type of wood is recommended?  I'm thinking about using apple or an apple/hickory combination.  Any opinions?
    2. I was thinking about following Meowey's basic pulled pork sticky but was also looking at Jeff's method from the site.  Meowey foils whereas Jeff doesn't.  I like a good bark.  Will the meat get too dry if I don't foil?
    3. If foiled, do you leave the temp probe in the meat?  Is it loosely foiled or tight?
    4. Should I put each of the butts in foil pans or directly on the racks with one pan below both to collect the drippings
    Thanks in advance for the help.
  2. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Most foil , but I love the bark so I do not.  I have never gotten dry PP from not foiling.  Try it both ways and then pick the one you like best
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  4. Thanks for the responses.  I decided on using apple only for the smoke.  Also will not be foiling the meat.  I'll take some pictures along the way and post some Q-View.  First time using Jeff's rub.  I hope it is as good as I have heard.
  5. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I don't have a MES but I use Hickory on butts. [​IMG]

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