How long to smoke pork butts?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by smokiehokie, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. Hello,

    I'm new to the forum and new to smoking. I just got my smoker on Wednesday. It's the 40" MES.

    The question I have is, is how long to I need to keep adding smoke. I'm planning on cooking two 6.5 lb Boston butts. I was thinking for the 1st 4 hours.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I did two yesterday at five to six pounds. It took 12 hours give or take and smoke the whole time. Excellent!!!!
  3. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      I would give smoke  at least till the IT hits 165.  If it is not foiled you can smoke  for the entire time.

  4. I'm cooking at 225 and the meat has hit 150 after 3 hours. Is it cooking too fast? I was planning on cooking it around 12 hours.
  5. bomftdrum

    bomftdrum Smoke Blower

    Its not cooking too fast. You still have the stall to go.
  6. I've read that you normal plan on 1 to 1.5 hours per pound. Does that mean total meat weight in the smoker? For my case, I have two 6 pound butts. Does that mean 12 hours or 6 hours?
  7. bomftdrum

    bomftdrum Smoke Blower

    It is usually closer to 1.5 to 2 hours a lb. 2 6lb butts will cook like one 6lb butt. Worse case scenario is you get done early and you wrap in towels and put in a cooler. They will sit like that for a few hours and be good to go.
  8. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    This^^^^^^.Always try to get things done early.
  9. Thanks for the help. I ended up smoking the butts for 12 hours. And they turned out fantastic.

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