Help with Pork Butts Please

Discussion in 'Pork' started by turkey mama, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. Planning on smoking two 8lb butt but worried won't be done in time. I will have 10 hrs but not sure that's enough time: Has anyone pre started them by a couple hrs and pulled and refrigerated over night and re started in. A:m? Would appreciate some input, thanks.
  2. scooper

    scooper Smoking Fanatic

    I have never done it.  I would think that bringing them back up from 38 degrees (or what ever your fridge temp is) would take a long time for them to resume where they left off.

    For safety sake, you want to get them to a minimum of 145.  But that will take hours, leaving them in the danger zone until they reach that.  Then putting them in the fridge will put them back in the danger zone until they chill below 45.  IMHO that is too many hours in the danger zone.

    This is what I would try.  I could be wrong here, and if I am someone please correct me.  If you can get them to 165 before you pull them out, the next morning foil them and finish them in the oven to 205.  I think that would be your safest and easiest route.
  3. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    plan on 1.5 hrs per lb.  you also should towel them in a cooler for at least 1 hr.  so juices can redistribute back into the meat.  my best advice would be to set your alarm a little earlier in the A.M.  lol
  4. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    scoopers advice is also an alternative.
  5. scooper

    scooper Smoking Fanatic

    Yeah, that too. 

  6. Thanks Guys guess I'll be setting alarm earlier. That's the safe way: Appreciate the help.
  7. catzcradle

    catzcradle ImpEx - Users Awaiting Email Confirmation

    I've read a number of people who's butt's went longer than expected.  My last one was bout 8 lbs, and took nearly 16 hrs.
  8. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    10 hours is plenty of time... cook  it at around 250F to 275F  I do my butts all the time at these temps and turn out great...
  9. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      Mine have been taking closer to 2 hours per pound lately. But low and slow is what it is all about! But it is worth the wait! Good luck with your smoke.

  10. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    starting and takeing them to a certain temp (that is not your desired final temp) cooling and then taking it back up to a final desired temp is not a good practice to do. remember ALL time spent in the danger zone is what is added together as a whole. there is the whole intact muscle rule exception but if you are asking the original question in the first place you simply do not have enough food saftey knowledge to worry about that yet. you do have enough sense to ask questions and that indeed is a good GREAT thing. the best and simplest advice i can give you is to cook your butts early and hold them in a warmer of even a cooler or you can even cook them a day or so before, pull them and cool them. pulled pork reheats very well. i even cook them and after pulling them i freeze them in 1 lb. vaccume sealed bags and i have them on hand all the time. i hope this helps you and i hope i did not offend anyone..........good luck!

    btw, i usually get my butts done in 10 hrs but evryone's equipment and butts are different.
  11. smokinal

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

    Good luck & don't forget the Q-view!
  12. I would agree with tyotrain, I do butts at 250-75 with great results and less time.
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    This is what I would do, if starting earlier was out of the question.

    And I agree with the whole up & down danger zone thing Scooper explained. That was my first thought.

  14. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    you could do this but the product will be drier, with the expansion and contraction of the meat moisture will be lost and just putting more liquid in the mix will never bring it to it's original state. the final product will be good but not as good if you gave it a single run, cooled it and then reheated it if you needed to. jmo
  15. scooper

    scooper Smoking Fanatic

    True.  Your explanation in your post up above (#10) was excellent too.
  16. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

     Plus once you wrap them in foil, bump your temps up to 300º. You should be down with time to spare. I've done 8 1/2 lbers in 9 1/2 hours.

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