Two Chuck Roasts and a Pork Butt w/ QView

Discussion in 'Beef' started by mike91mr, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. mike91mr

    mike91mr Newbie

    So do I post this in beef or pork? I figured I'd post this in beef because there were two of them...

    Got the urge to smoke around 11:30pm, ran to the store, and ended up rubbing my meat (!) around 1:00am, so no pictures of the prep. I was more focused on getting it done and getting to bed. The rub was the lone star rub that is floating around the web. I like it on beef, and have been using it on my briskets. I decided to use it on the pork because it was late and I didn't feel like making two different rubs. Seemed like a good reason to experiment.
    This was my first time making chuck roasts.

    The Pork was about 8 pounds, the chucks were about 3.5 pounds each.

    The next morning, pulled the meat from the fridge to let it start getting up to room temp while I prepped the grill.

    Here is the grill, warmed up and producing some smoke.

    A few hours later...

    And a few hours after that, the first chuck comes off. It was pulled around 170 degrees. I think it took about 8 hours to get to this temp.

    Why 170? Because I was hungry, and wanted to eat some. I ate half of it standing at the counter while I cut it, then made a sandwich. The rest went in the fridge while I continued to cook the rest of the meat. It was pretty good, and my girlfriend had made a loaf of Italian bread earlier in the day, so I had fresh bread for the sandwich.

    A couple hours later, I pulled the second. High 180s. I didn't really have a target here, I was really watching the thermometer and seeing how it cooked. It had started heating up faster, so I figured I'd pull it. I wanted to slice it, so I didn't want it falling apart.

    I ate a few slices, then made a sandwich. Very good. Put most of this one in with the other and into the fridge.

    Quite a few hours later, the pork was done. I had an interesting stall - the pork reached 180, then cooled back down to 167, then heated up until done. I actually confirmed the temps with a second thermometer, because I thought something must be wrong, but the readings were accurate. Cooking temps stayed between 250 and 260 the whole time. Regardless, it was done eventually. Pulled it from the heat at about 201. Wrapped it tightly in foil, threw it in the cooler, and went to bed. When I got up the next morning, it looked like this.

    She was getting impatient.

    I pulled it, took all the strips of fat that came off, as well as any grease, and through it in a pot. I also added some apple cider vinegar, and a few other spices.

    I let it simmer for a little bit. This became my finishing sauce.

    And finally, the finished product. The pork has been pulled, and the finishing sauce has been strained over it.

    It was delicious. Most of it was vacuum sealed and frozen, since winter is coming, but what I ate was excellent. I think it was my best pulled pork so far.

    Thanks for looking!
  2. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Everything looks great. Nice smoke ring. Did you like the rub on the pp?
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now thats a chuckie and some pork. You did a fine job and everything looks great and I bet really good eating. You got a really good smoke ring and the finishing sauce came out well.[​IMG]for sure and keep up the good smoking.
  4. mike91mr

    mike91mr Newbie

    The little bit that I ate was excellent, so I would say yes. It didn't have the bark that you would get from something with some sugar in it, but tasted just fine. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again, but will probably try something new next time.
  5. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice job Mike, everything looks great.[​IMG]
  6. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great job. They both look great - [​IMG]
  7. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It all looks great, did you share with your helper? [​IMG]
  8. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    great looking smoke
  9. mike91mr

    mike91mr Newbie

    Thanks everybody.

    I had to, I can't say no to that...
  10. cman95

    cman95 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Real nice smoke man. [​IMG]
  11. warthog

    warthog Smoking Fanatic

    Everything looks like it came out real fine. Congrats
  12. Nice looking smoke!

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