It took 14 hours for me to smoke an 8lb Pork Butt this past weekend. Is that normal?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by dmarkj22, Jul 27, 2015.

  1. dmarkj22

    dmarkj22 Newbie

    So I smoked my first Pork Butt his past weekend and it came out really good. I was able to achieve a nice bark and the meat was moist and tender and had a rich smokey flavor. I used a mixture of apple, pecan and hickory woods for the smoke. Now I've heard that pork butts can be a bit unpredictable sometimes which means that cooking one requires a lot of patience. I put it on friday night at midnight, cooked it at 225-250 and pulled it at 185 degrees at 2pm the next day. Have any of you ever heard of pork butts taking so long to cook? That's 14 hours for a 8lb piece of meat!!

  2. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Pulled off smoker at 185* IT ? Did you do pulled pork ? Just curious as PP is taken to IT of round 200-205* !
  3. trueteam

    trueteam Smoke Blower

    I have had them take longer and some in less time. Each piece of meat is different. i don't think your time is unusual.
  4. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    For what it's worth, I done a couple a few months ago & had a 10 lb'er that took 19 hrs at 250* chamber temp ! But that was an IT of 205* ! I don't think your time is really off.... But the IT unless you were slicing possibly ? All meat has a mind of its own ! Then when ya think ya have it figured out, the next one will be done 3 hrs earlier than the last !
  5. dmarkj22

    dmarkj22 Newbie

    Well at least it was supposed to be. We had to take off the the in laws and I ran out of time for cooking. The meat was fork tender but probably could have been a little more tender. 
  6. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yea, pull round 200-205* generally (when the bones wiggly to the point ya can almost pull it out) for some real tender PP, I totally get folks being ready to eat & it not being done ! Ask me how I know that ? :biggrin: Don't forget the rest as well, a real important part of great PP ! Also, just a suggestion.... But I now do my PP a day or two ahead of time & warm up in the crock pot with a little apple juice or finishing sauce ! It seems tastier after sitting for a day or two anyway !
  7. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I did a 7 pounder on Saturday, it took 14 hours to reach 205°, smoker between 225 and 250.  I didn't wrap it until after I took it off the smoker.  Wrapped in foil and a towel for 1.5 hours.  Super tender and juicy!  I would say butts average about 2hrs per pound at these temps.

  8. cal1956

    cal1956 Smoking Fanatic

    it probably came from an old tough hog , I think everyone that does pulled pork get's one once in a while that seems to take forever to get tender .  just consider it a learning experience ,

    who knows the next one might only take 5 hours . pulled pork cooking time is always a crap shoot
  9. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    I did a 5.5lb butt this weekend that took 12 hours.  I average 2.25 hours / lb if I dont foil.
  10. stickyfingers

    stickyfingers Smoking Fanatic

    Yes, give or take...that's about right. Higher temp less time.
  11. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep[​IMG]  Time was about right . Here's a cook of 6 I did and they all came off in17hrs.

    Have fun and . . .

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