More than one piece in the smoker - time

Discussion in 'Pork' started by paladin71, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. paladin71

    paladin71 Newbie

    Question - typically when buying pork for pulled pork at Costco, the bag will have a single weight on it, but two pieces of meat.

    I was curious as to others thoughts - when estimating for time, do you use the full weight as on the label, or rather view it as the individual weight of the two pieces?
  2. jetsknicks1

    jetsknicks1 Smoking Fanatic

    I just went thu this, I had two butts, totaling a bit over 9#. The best thing I can tell you is to throw the idea of time out the window lol. The bigger of the two butts actually cooked faster than the small one. You can keep PP in a cooler with towels for several hours so just give yourself plenty of time. Hope this helps at least a little.
  3. I use the average weight of the two pieces. Then it really depends on your smoker. If you're using say an MES 30 where it will fill the smoker I would add at least a couple hours. Conversely, if you're using a big stick burner or even like a Traeger Texas the other butt won't have much effect on time. Your mileage may vary. On large cuts like butts and brisket I plan to finish at least 2 to 4 hours early and hold.
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    You take the biggest piece & use that as your time estimate.

    If you have an 8 lb & a 10 lb butt, you would go by the 10 lb.

    So at 2 hours per lb, your looking at 20 hours at 225.


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