How long to smoke, not cook, a butt?

Discussion in 'A-Maze-N Smokers' started by stratmeister, Jun 7, 2015.

  1. Just got my A-Maze-N pellet maze and plan to do a butt to try it out in my MES30. How full should I fill the maze?

    I usually just smoke with chips and don't smoke for the entire cook, maybe the first half or so to not "over smoke". I figure this butt will cook @225 for 10 hours or so, how long do you guys put smoke on butts with the pellet maze and how full do you fill it for a butt?

    I'll probably start with hickory or oak pellets.
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    One full row will smoke about 3 1/2 hours... That about what I smoke everything... I don't care for too much smoke... it detracts from the flavor of the meat... IMO....
  3. westby

    westby Smoking Fanatic

    Light both ends and run it once.  Should get good smoke and not need any more after that.
  4. I light one end and apply smoke the whole time. So now you have 3 different answers and none are wrong. It is all a matter of taste. Start with a little and see if you need to go longer next time. Remember to keep notes so you know how to repeat it.

    Happy smoken.

  5. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I fill it up then light one end. If I feel the meat has been in the smoke long enough I will remove the AMNPS and separate the burning pellets so I can save the leftover. 
  6. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    I just separate the ashes from the pellets and dump the pellets in a zip lock bag.  Write the name of the pellets on it and burn those first in my next smoke with that flavor of wood pellet.  The charred ones develop a coal faster on the next smoke.

  7. Well I used one row of hickory which ran about 3 hours. The butt cooked about 9 hours, and that was plenty of smoke for my tastes.

    Thanks for the answers!

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