Going for "Butt Bark"

Discussion in 'Pork' started by sonofasmoker, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. sonofasmoker

    sonofasmoker Smoke Blower

    My typical smoking method for pork butt is fairly common. I would crank up my Traeger to 225, rub down my pork while its preheating, throw it on and spritz every hour until it hit 190 then foil. Doing this gives me some fantastic results, but a very soft skin - no bark. After getting some hints and motivation from bamaboysmoker, I set out on a quest for bark. 

    My new setup - I rubbed the meat the night before with "Plow Boys Bovine Bold" and wrapped it tightly with plastic wrap. The next morning I set my smoker to 225, inserted my probe and threw the meat on the rack. From the time I threw it on, until the time it hit 190, I didn't open the smoker, took 11 hours. I will have to admit that it was tough. I was scared more than anything that it would dry out and be terrible.  Once the butt hit 190, I pulled it and wrapped it to rest. I have to say that this was the best pork I have ever had. It wasn't exactly what I wanted, but it was the closest thing I have seen to the thick charcoal smoker crust I have drooled over. I think the next time I do it, I will kick the heat up to 275 and see if I get better results. Anyways, cheers and happy smoking!

    P.S. I would love to taken a picture of the meat pulled, but a combination of the meat sweats, baseball and LOTS of Corona I didnt get around to taking any. 

  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks delicious!

  3. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice bark and great color. Thumbs Up
  4. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks tasty!
  5. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks like you got your bark. Nice job. I never spritz my butts so the door is always closed until I hit my IT.

  6. sonofasmoker

    sonofasmoker Smoke Blower

    I am on that bandwagon now. It seems like the bar forming acts like a sear and holds the juice it. Besides, its not like there isnt enough fat to keep the thing moist ;) 
  7. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    SOaS, Looks great!
  8. sonofasmoker

    sonofasmoker Smoke Blower

    Ok you got me, what does SOaS mean? haha
  9. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The bark looks bodacious to me!

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