tough butt

Discussion in 'Pork' started by smokincoalkracker, May 16, 2009.

  1. What causes a tough butt? I smoked two 8 lb. butts to the recomended internal temps. They looked ok and like I said the internal temps were about 165 deg. F. Unfortunatly the meat was like leather and very difficult to pull apart. Is some meat just tough? I was going to wrap in foil and recook for a few hours but I didn't. I rubbed the meat 24 hours ahead of time. I didn't marinate. I'm not sure what to think. These were the Sam's club cryovac butts.
  2. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Was 165 the temp you took them out of the smoker at? What did you do with them after that?
  3. visilor

    visilor Fire Starter

    for the butts to be pull apart I find that I take them to 195-205 internal temp, Hercules would be needed to pull them apart at 165.

  4. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    165 is a safe temperature to eat them and be safe from microbes. But as you found out, the meat is tough. As stated above, you need a much higher temperature for good eating.
  5. blacklab

    blacklab Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Pulling at 165 was the problem. Next time wrap in foil with a little AJ and bring the temp up to 200-205 then it's like butter [​IMG].
  6. Thanks, I thought they were done at 165. I'll try again. Gotta love SMF and the help available.
  7. tn_bbq

    tn_bbq Smoking Fanatic

    You gotta get them up closer to 200* if you want them to have pulled pork.
  8. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    great advice..............lesson learned. Might be able to slow simmer in a crock pot to get something decent out of it!
  9. [​IMG]Yeah I'm gonna try the crock pot. The dog was having a hard time trying to chew the meat.
  10. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    As was said at 165 degrees foil it and take it up to 200-205 and it will be very tender. You can add a little apple juice and put into the crock pot and it should become tender after enough time

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