Help, butts done way too early

Discussion in 'Pork' started by rsnovi, Jun 11, 2016.

  1. Butts are done, but the party starts 11 hours from now. Should I shred and reheat? Let them sit in a cooler for as long as possible, shred, and crock pot it? Any other thoughts?

    I am baffled on this one. Normal one 8 pound butt takes me about 20 hours to smoke at 225 on my electric smoker. I put three 8 pounders in last night and I wake up with one at 208, one at 203, and one at 191 in just 12 hours. My party starts 11 hours from now.
  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Chris you could try keeping them in the smoker,set to keep the IT above 140*. Foiled with some Chef JimmyJ foiling sauce.Just my 2 cents

  3. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Shred now and reheat for the party, it'll be safer that way.[​IMG]
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  4. gditys

    gditys Fire Starter

    Cliffcarter is correct
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Late to the party but 3 butts at 200+ is a lot of Hot Mass. Foiled, toweled and in a small cooler will hold 10-12 hours with little loss of heat. Besides, even if it did drop to 120-130°F. That meat is Sterile and sealed in foil and cooler, there is no chance for re-contamination and bacteria growth...JJ
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2016
  6. I shredded and reheated. Seemed pretty good. Thanks to all!
  7. smokinal

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

    Glad to hear everything turned out well.


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