My first pork butt!

Discussion in 'Pork' started by sea_munky, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. sea_munky

    sea_munky Smoke Blower

    Howdy folks. So last weekend pork butts were on sale so I got me a close to 9 pounder. I figured there'd still be room in the smoker, so why not throw on another lil' one that would be ready to eat while the biggun was finishing up.

    I slathered both with dijon mustard and then applied a rub made of:
    3 Tablespoons each of salt, turbinado sugar, dark brown sugar, cumin, chili powder, black pepper, onion powder. I also added 2 Tablespoons of garlic powder and 1/4 cup of paprika. Here are the butts after spending the night all rubbed up:

    They were smoked with a blend of mesquite and hickory for close to 14 hours cuz I had trouble keeping my temps up. Mopped with apple juice. Because I had trouble getting a high enough temp, the bark did not develop as nicely as it could have. Oh well...first time. Rested in the cooler for an hour. I wanted to wait longer but it was already 1am and I needed to work at 6am. I didn't have the camera handy so I forgot to snap a pic before I started pulling but halfway through I remembered how much I enjoy others' qview. So I dug it out and I hope you enjoy this one too.

    The pork was juicy and sweet. The bark wasn't as crusty as could be and the smoke didn't penetrate as deeply as it could have. I would have liked a deeper smoke ring but I guess that's what happens when your temps are too low. I'll keep working on that. Thanks for reading.
  2. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great! That's the beauty of this hobby, you can try, try and try again, and each time enjoy the fruits of your labors!
  3. roadrunr

    roadrunr Meat Mopper

    Looks Good From Here My Man...
  4. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice I hope you enjoyed it.[​IMG]
  5. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That ain't no shabby Q my friend, just imagine what'll be like the next time around!
  6. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Some fine lookin vittles there! Every butt is an experience, ya just keep learnin whith each one, thins ta try, different ways a doin em. The great part is, ya get ta eat the experiments!

    Nice work!
  7. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I bet it taste better than it looked and it looks great
  8. solar

    solar Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Great job!! What time is dinner? [​IMG] IMO you really can't make a bad rub if you use things you like.
  9. meat-man

    meat-man Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Great job bud [​IMG]
  10. bbqgoddess

    bbqgoddess Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Those were nice looking butts for sure! I bet they were scrumptious!
  11. daboys

    daboys Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good job on your butts munky. They just keep gettin better from here.
  12. sea_munky

    sea_munky Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the words of encouragement and support everyone! Yes, the butts were scrumptious and I really enjoyed the experience. I took some for lunch at work (teacher) and a couple of my Hawaiiian students remarked: "You got Kalua pork? Lucky!"

    Now, I just have to eat it all so I can give a second one a try!

    Kalua pork:

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