what's easier/better 2 5lb or 1 10lb butt

Discussion in 'Pork' started by stoaway, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. stoaway

    stoaway Fire Starter

    Hi, I need some advise.

    Is it easier to cook 2 smaller butts or 1 larger?

    Would the cook time be considerably less using 2-5lb vs 1-10lb?

    From reading 2 butts of the same size may cook different.  So is 1 better?  Just monitor 1?

    Approx how long would a 5lb take vs a 10lb.

    Appreciate the input.

    New smoker.

    Mark

    ECB Smoke n Grill
     
  2. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    The two 5lbs will go faster.
     
  3. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I find the smaller ones take longer for me for some reason, plus two butts is double the amount of bone ,less meat. [​IMG]
     
  4. stoaway

    stoaway Fire Starter

    Can you give a very rough estimate on cook times 5lb butts and a 10lb.  I know that's tough, just a ballpark.

    Mark
     
  5. stoaway

    stoaway Fire Starter

    Taking that into account. And the possible variables trying to cook 2 butts.  smoking 1 butt could be easier for a newbe hosting a party the next day?
     
  6. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I did a 7 pound shoulder today and it took a little over 6 1/2 hours to smoke till 205, the bone slipped right out. [​IMG]
     
  7. stoaway

    stoaway Fire Starter

    What temp do you use?
     
  8. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Yes if you smoke 1 large butt it will be easier to watch. Plan on 2 hours per pound and you can always wrap and put in a cooler and it will hold for hours if you finish early. [​IMG]
     
  9. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member


    Both my smoker stay at a constant 250 degrees. For smoking I wouldn't go over that, you want the low and slow. 
     
  10. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    I disagree. My experience is the bigger the butt the longer it takes. I have had 12 pound butts take over 28 hours to finish at pulling temp. Give it a try and see what happens.
     
  11. stoaway

    stoaway Fire Starter

    With your experience on butts.  do you find (for your rig) that the time is always close for butts of the same weight.  Meaning, if you have a 7 lb butt do you mostly plan on about 6 1/2 hrs.
     
  12. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Main thing is you want to get the butt from 40-140 degrees in four hours to be safe. [​IMG]
     
  13. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

  14. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Yes and no, I find my smokers run a little cooler in the winter "non-insulated" so I take that into consideration. For the most part I find they average about the same length of time in the same weight class. 
     
  15. stoaway

    stoaway Fire Starter

    Man that's scary.  I'm doing a b-day party the next day.  I 1st planned on reheating.  I got a lot of suggestions on reheating here at SMF.  I thought to investigate further on what it would take to have it fresh off the smoker.  Planning on also doing ribs the day of.  Plus all the other stuff, just me.  Meateater has the knowledge to do a 7lb in 6 1/2 hrs.  That's not me.

    Still wondering what to do...........?
     
     
  16. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    If your not sure on times you can alway's smoke and pull it and put in the fridge, then just reheat in a crock pot, that way it will be warm but not dried out. Once you learn your smoker and do a few butts they will become second hand. 
     
  17. stoaway

    stoaway Fire Starter

    So roughly,....how long would it take you to do a 10 lb.   roughly average, barring any stubborn butts.
     
  18. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Just guessing about 8-9 hours. One thing is a all smokers are different, watt burner, charcoal, propane, insulated, non insulated, then location......desert, mountains. I would suggest a small butt for a test run to give you an idea for temps and times. Pork freezes well by the way so a practice one wouldn't hurt. 
     
  19. stoaway

    stoaway Fire Starter

    Thanks a lot Meateater for your input, I really appreciate it.  Maybe I should stick to my original plan of reheating.  If I smoke it right and reheat it right then it should be right.

    Thanks and have a good night and smoke.
     
  20. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Anytime! [​IMG]
     

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