MES and Pork Shoulder/Butt

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by 72lemanscvbl, May 24, 2010.

  1. I've got a small Pork Butt-3lbs (says butt on the Hormel label, and shoulder on the store label which I assume means the same thing?)

    I've only done Ribs, Wings, and (a Turkey at Christmas in a blizzard that was a major success considering the conditions), all with pretty good results with a lot of help from you folks.  Is a Pork Butt pretty much for pulled pork only and sandwiches or is there some other way of slicing and serving?  Would there be any major variation on the smoking method?   

    I saw one post that said to take it to 160, foil it to 195, cooler it for 90 minutes, and let it set for another 10, which sounded like an easy way to start.  
     
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Most us do pulled pork tho some do slice it.

    Some smoke it at 225-250 then foil at 160 and place it back in until it hits 200-205 then wrap in an old towel and place in a dry cooler for at least 1 hour then pull it.

    Some smoke it at 225-250 and don't foil while its in there and take it to 200-205 then foil, wrap in a towel and into the cooler

    Others have other methods but I think these are the 2 most common ways
     
  3. insight

    insight Meat Mopper

    Why the cooler? I am curious as to the science of this all!!  I gotsta' know!  ("Dirty Harry" reference)
     
  4. Although others are way more qualified to speak on this, I think the cooler is for its insulating properties to allow the meat to continue its path to deliciousness with carryover heat.
     
  5. dennisdocb

    dennisdocb Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    After your meat is done it needs to rest...This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat and while that takes place for 1 or more hours the cooler will keep it very hot. 
     
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep the cooler which is usually filled with towels and then you have your meat (usually wrapped in double foil) and it will stay warm for hours. It acts as insulation to keep the meat warm and allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat and make it nice and juicy.
     
  7. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I only use the cooler method if I'm wanting to keep the meat hot for a meal that is hours away. To rest.... I'll put it in the microwave (not on of course) and let it rest in there before I pull. I don't let it rest for hours... just till it cools down enough to handle. If I'm serving dinner at 6 and the butt is done at 1, I'll slam it in the cooler with towels so that I can serve it hot.
     
  8. I just smoked an 8# butt in my MES over the weekend, and this is how I went about it...
    • the night before I put my rub on and also injected it with a mixture of water/rub
    • preheated the MES for an hour at 275*, while taking the butt out of the fridge and letting it sit on the counter
    • added some crushed charcoal briquettes to the chip loader about 1/2 way into the preheat
    • after preheating, set the MES to 225*, add boiling water/apple juice to water pan, and set butt in the smoker
    • add apple/hickory chips mixture as necessary to maintain TBS
    • pulled butt out of the smoker at 190*, wrapped in foil and towel and into a cooler (FTC) to finish/rest
    • pulled butt apart after an hour of FTC
    • 8 of us proceeded to gorge ourselves on it :)
     
  9. marty catka

    marty catka Meat Mopper

    With the FTC method (Foil, Towel, Cooler) I have kept butts warm for up to 4 hours and the internal temp was still at 160 degrees and pulled very easily.  Made for some great chow.
     
  10. Blimey I've gota lot to learn!
     
  11. insight

    insight Meat Mopper

    Didja git' a smoke ring??
     
  12. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I don't get a smoke ring with my MES, but I have read that you can throw in some lump charcoal with the wood chips, and it will produce a smoke ring.  Not that it matters, though...
     

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