Upcoming picnic for pulled pork

Discussion in 'Pork' started by acs2653, Dec 14, 2015.

  1. acs2653

    acs2653 Fire Starter

    So I am doing a picnic butt for an office party on Thursday. This sucker weighs 10 lbs! I plan on using my amnps that is currently siting at the post office. How should put put it in my MES 40 BT? Also, I plan to rub it tomorrow and sit until I get off work on Wednesday (around 4pm) I plan to smoke it at 225-235 over night and bring it to work the following morning at 9. Any suggestions?

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  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    No sure your allowing enough smoke time.
  3. Low and slow is the ticket. Some brine some do not. Either way Smoke at 200°F – 225°F until you reach and internal temperature of 205°F minimum for pulling. I think he's right about not giving it enough time. With a 10# shoulder you may need 12-16 hrs , the stall may be longer than you think, plus resting time. And DO wrap with foil for resting at least if not for the last hour or two of smoking.

    You could prolly set Amazing smoker on lowest rack but not sure about that... I don't have any experience with one of those. I have the mes as well. Also got the side firebox for Cold smoking but the thing rocks for hot smoking too!! I only fill the chimney every 4-6 hrs. And have smoke for 3 days on end with the box. Haven't used the chip tray once since we bought the box.

    Sorry for the novel.
  4. acs2653

    acs2653 Fire Starter

    Another question everyone.

    I bought Jeff's rub recipe. Which one should I use? I have the Texas style rub and the Naked Rib Rub Recipe. Thanks.
  5. travisty

    travisty Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    There is a little area just to the left of the heating element and there are 2 cross bars that support the heating element and go over to the left wall. most people put the AMNPS on those cross bars. I use the tube because of my elevation, but that does seem like the perfect little spot for it.
  6. acs2653

    acs2653 Fire Starter

    So I did a quick search and saw that I needed to elevate. I had some small beer can chicken holders that I use for my grill. They fit in the bottom of the MES nicely. I put the amnps on top of that. I plan to do the MB mod next week so it should be a very nice quick fix.

    ***update on the cook***
    I pulled the picnic out and trimmed most of the fat and all of the skin off. It probably weighs in about 9.5 lbs now. I mixed up jeff's rub and gave it a nice rub down. I wrapped it in plastic wrap and put it into the fridge. I plan on having it on the smoker by 3pm tomorrow. It will then cook until complete. Hopefully by 9 am on Thursday.

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  7. Sounds like a good plan. Can't wait to see your results. Please share pics! Happy smoking!
  8. acs2653

    acs2653 Fire Starter

    So it went on about 230. Got the amnps working great. Here is a pic of this huge piece of meat.

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  9. travisty

    travisty Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Looks Great, that is a big chunk of meat! +Points!
  10. acs2653

    acs2653 Fire Starter


    So I'm at 162 now after almost 6 hours. The question is to foul or not to foil. Suggestions?
    I still have about 10hrs left for the cook.

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  11. smokingearl

    smokingearl Meat Mopper

    You have the new MES 40 BT. No need to elevate your AMPS. Just set it on the bottom of your smoker. No need to pull the chip tray out an inch and no need to pull out the chip loader a little. I just smoked 10 pound picnic Saturday at 225 for 18 hours, to an IT of 205 without foiling. Nice bark and the moistest butt I've ever made.
  12. acs2653

    acs2653 Fire Starter

    I'm hoping my turns out that way. Did you reload your amnps or just let it cook after the amnps ran out?

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  13. acs2653

    acs2653 Fire Starter

    So I'm into the stall. It's only up to 174. Checked the amnps and I think I it needed more air. Seemed like it was going out. I hit it with a little fires and it started back up. I adjusted the vent so it was all the way open. Back to bed for a while.

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  14. smokingearl

    smokingearl Meat Mopper

    Yea I reloaded it after 10 hours to half full. Not sure if it really needed more smoke or not but it sure ended up perfect. My top vent is always wide open.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2015
  15. acs2653

    acs2653 Fire Starter

    So here is what was left of it. I forgot to take pics once I pulled it out. I was in a hurry to get to work. I cooked it to 194 IT and then wrapped in foil, wrapped in towels, in a cooler. The only issue I had was my amnps went out sometime during the night so when I woke up I had only used 2 rows. I ended up using almost 3 rows of pellets. [​IMG]

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  16. halfsmoked

    halfsmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG]   [​IMG]   Do it again. [​IMG]

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