Water or no water for boston butt?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by wxman, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. So i am smoking my second butt this weekend. I have only 3 smoke under my belt, so a big time newbie. I have an MES 30. I am debating whether to put water in my water pan. We are going to have pulled pork. Then the leftovers are going into chili. I woul appreciate any advice!

    Last edited: Feb 26, 2015
  2. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't use water , Steaming isn't my way of cooking...[​IMG].

    look at how pretty...[​IMG]
  3. c farmer

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

    No water here either.Thumbs Up
  4. Though I do not run an MES I don't use water. I want a dry bark.
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    No water! Unless you're grindng that pork up and running it through a LEM stuffer, then you need an ounce of water per pound...

    Sorry that was my bad, the LEM thingy you won't understand and has nothing to do with your smoke.

    I prefer a dry smoke chamber when smoking. You get better bark and it's easier for your smoker to maintain temps. As the water comes to a boil it will give off steam as it evaporates, and will cause temp swings as the smoker try's to compensate for the decrease in temperature caused by the wet cooler air. You don't need moisture for smoke to adhere to the meat. And you don't need moisture in the smoker to produce moist meat.
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2015
  6. Looks Good,    and no water either

  7. Ok,

    No water it is! Curious, what would i use the water pan for?

  8. I'm not a watt burner but most, line with foil and use as a drip pan or fill with sand 

  9. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Fill the water pan with gravel or sand, for thermal mass, and more even temps....

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