Questions about smoking a butt.

Discussion in 'Pork' started by uvafan15, Nov 13, 2015.

  1. uvafan15

    uvafan15 Newbie

    Typically I smoke a butt and once it reaches 165 wrap it in foil until it hits 200-205.  My questions....

    -Do you all usually mix the juices from the foil in while shredding?

    -If I put it in a pan, once it reaches 165 will it develop a better bark than wrapping?

    - Will I still get a fair amount of juice if I leave it unwrapped and sitting in an aluminum pan?

    The last thing I want is a dry pork.  I am smoking two butts for a friends party this weekend.

  2. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    See my comments above and good luck. 
  3. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    If you put it in a pan, and you're worried that you won't have enough juice for the shredded meat, add some beer or broth to the pan when you put the butt in it.

    If it's a decent butt, you should have plenty of drippings to add.
  4. amlong88

    amlong88 Meat Mopper

    I've done a few unwrapped butts and they didn't come out dry at all and that was cooking only on the grate. It should still be plenty moist unwrapped in a pan.

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