I am planning to smoke something for a MNF game. I will have somewhat of a limited timetable since I'm not sure what time I can get into the parking lot. I assume it will be around 11:00 AM. I would like to be ready to eat around 6:00 PM so that gives me 7 hours including setup, heat up etc... Whatever I decide, I will have the meat ready to go in coolers. Here is my question......Have any of you ever smoked a butt for 6 or so hours, took it off and refrigerated it, then finished cooking it the following day? I was told that the meat would be done after the 1st cooking, but it wouldn't be very tender until after it was cooked for the 2nd amount. It sounds kind of ridiculous to me, but I'm still very new to all this. I could cook baby backs in my allotted time but I think I can get more meat for less money with the butts. I also considered a small pig but the cooking area on my smoker is only 20" X 47" and I don't think it would fit. Please give me your thoughts and opinions. In case it matters, I will be using a homemade offset smoker, with charcoal and hickory.