Pork Butt on UDS at 225 for 17 hours and still reading internal temp of 175!

Discussion in 'Pork' started by smokin mama, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Hi...I'm fairly new to smoking and I built a UDS.  Done several smokes on it and everything's been great.  Put an 8 lb pork butt on last night at 10:30 P.M. stabilized temps at 250.  Temps this morning still read 232, but internal temp was 162.  Went to work, came home UDS temp had dropped to 180, internal temp of pork butt reading 175.  I brought temps back up to 235-240 and it's now 17 hours later and I'm still getting an internal temp of 180.  Bone wiggles...I've used two different thermometers and they are both reading the same thing.  What am I doing wrong?
     
  2. redneck69

    redneck69 Smoking Fanatic

    did you wrap the shoulder in foil before you got the temp back into shape?  the foil will help the internal temp to rise.
     
  3. What type of thermometer are you using on your drum?  How are you positioning your probe therms? 

     I have never had an 8-pound butt take longer than 10 hours, personally.  I do pulled pork at 235, and it is usually falling apart by then.

     I'm thinking there is a discrepancy with your therms, or their placement.
     
  4. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    Something fishy for sure. All though that temp drop may have just brought it back down or stopped progress. I'd pull it out, it's taken enough smoke by now. Wrap in foil, and finish in oven if you think it still has a way to go till bone slides out clean
     
  5. It's fine my butts that size take about 24 hours. I don't foil and I use ether my et73 or my et 732 in my wsm if u don't bake in foil takes longer to cook.
     
  6. U should do when u can watch and keep temp consistent though.
     
  7. jak757

    jak757 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    I just did two butts about 7.5 lbs each on Saturday.  They went in the smoke at 7:00 am, and I was pulling them at 1:00am.  I had them wrapped in foil for the last three hours.  It was so late they only sat after hitting the final temp for about 20 minutes, I wsa tired and wanted to wrap it up.  They turned out great -- for Sunday dinner.

    I'm sure yours will be fine.  Some butts is just slow......
     
  8. Thanks to everyone for the help.  I pulled this pork butt at 18 hours with the internal temp reading 180.  I let it rest for another hour.  The bone slid out and it appeared cooked to me.  It pulled easily and tasted great.  I will be checking my thermostat that I got from Walmart.  I've done about 7 cooks now and it's appeared to be right on, but I've done mostly ribs where I do the bend test to check if their done.  Thanks again!
     
  9. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member


    The bone should not have slid out if the butt was 180 degrees. Obviously it was over 200 degrees. There's a link in my signature to calibrate therms a smokers best friend. [​IMG]
     
  10. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Meateater is 100% correct on this...JJ
     
  11. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member


    Thanks Jimmy, just passing the love around. [​IMG]
     
  12. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sounds to me like it was a thermometer issue. If you smoke starts going over the normal times I would move the thermometer. Like the guys said if the bone came out clean you were over 200  
     
  13. smokinal

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

    If your not sure about the meat temp, sticking a toothpick in the butt in several places works as good as a therm to tell when it's done.

    It should go in with no resistance. 
     

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