Is My Butt Too Small???

Discussion in 'Pork' started by fireguy, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. fireguy

    fireguy Smoking Fanatic

    While I have mastered alot of smokes, I have not yet tried a butt. Tommarow I will do a Trial Butt Run, Ribs, and a fatty. I have read all about the proper way to smoke butt.... In my readings, Ive noticed the butts are around 6-7 lbs or larger. Locally I have found a 3.5 lb. Is my small Butt gonna present any issues I should know about? or is there any tricks of the trade when dealing with a small butt? Any words of advice would be greatly appreciated!!! as always thanks folks!!!
     
  2. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Boy, how come Mrs Flash never ask me THAT question [​IMG]

    No, that is not too small. It may get done sooner, so keep a close eye on it. Then again, you never know with Plateaus. I had a 5 lber take me over 9 hours and an 8.5 lber take me 7.
     
  3. Well, I like bigg butts and I cannot lie!
     
  4. garyt

    garyt Smoking Fanatic

    Done um of all sizes, same plan just don't take as long
     
  5. mgwerks

    mgwerks Smoking Fanatic

    Your digital thermometer is your friend here...
     
  6. fireguy

    fireguy Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks guys!!! Im gettin ready to rub my little butt now... I read in a few places to keep the fatty side on the bottum while smoking.... do to the size of my butt, the fat is on the smaller side and it wont set on the fat side. Will I be better off to just trim that fat off, or leave i for some reason??? Thanks again!!!
     
  7. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL...it's ALL by temp man. Size of hunk is pretty much irrelevant. Just be done a bit faster is all.
     
  8. jond

    jond Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    I did my first butt last weekend and that was only 4lb, took a little over 6 hours in the smoker but the finished product was well worth it :)

    Jon.
     
  9. pitrow

    pitrow Smoking Fanatic

    nothing wrong with a 3.5'er My first one was that size. Just be prepared for it to take as long as the larger ones. Mine went 9 hours instead of the 5 or so I was expecting. Though the next one I did was a 4 pounder that only took 6 hours. So, be prepared for anything!

    Good luck, and don't forget the pics! [​IMG]
     
  10. I've done 7lb 8lb and 9lb butts before and just recently I did 2 that were 3.7 lb each. The only diff I noticed besides the time it took for them to cook (6 hrs) was that there was not as much juice in the foil as I would have expected. I'm just atributing this to the fact that the was not as much fat in these. They looked kinda lean. All in all the finished product was still great. But I now prefer the larger size roasts. I bought these when they were on sale for .99 lb. You might try foiling or panning them a little earlier so as not to loose the good stuff. That is what I am going to do with the three others I still have in the freezer, maybe foil at 160 instead of 170.

    Dave
     
  11. fireguy

    fireguy Smoking Fanatic

    Richtee- I wasnt gonna say anything, but since you asked.... I think if you found a larger dress..... well... your butt prob might descise itself.... maybe.[​IMG]

    thanks again folks, im geting pumped to try my bitty butt!!
     
  12. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Fireguy... I still wear a 32 ;{)
     
  13. crusty ol salt

    crusty ol salt Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    the butts i have been finding are running between 3 and 5 lbs. i think the local butchers are splitting the butts into two pieces because of market demand. I had a 4.8 lb'er take 12 hours last weekend. drove me nuts[​IMG]
     
  14. fireguy

    fireguy Smoking Fanatic

    well heres a couple pics... butt was freaking great!!! and also the breakfast fatty!! Didnt get the ribs shot, but they were gret too!!! Guess you cant have to small a butt!!!
     
  15. grothe

    grothe Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice smoke fireguy!!![​IMG] BTW....I'm a small butt guy![​IMG]
     
  16. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sooo how long did it go?
     
  17. fireguy

    fireguy Smoking Fanatic

    6 hours to 200, and i was so suprised it was still juicy. After it was done, stuck in cooler for 3 hours before pulling, also couldnt believe it was still darn hot after that. wife wants another this weekend too.
     

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