WSM 22.5 Boston Butt Success!!

Discussion in 'Pork' started by dgb84, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. dgb84

    dgb84 Newbie

    Hey folks, I'm new to the forum and thought I would make my first post.  I recently bought a WSM 22.5 as my first bullet style smoker ( I have an offset too) and have about 3 or 4 smokes under my belt with it.  My first smoke was a  8lb boston butt that went for 11 hours at 250 degrees.  I didn't wrap it until it reached an internal of 197 degrees.  I then wrapped it in two layers of foil and put it in an ice chest for 2 hours before pulling.  It turned out super tender but a little fatty ( I didn't trim it at all before I put it on the smoker).  My next run I did 10 lbs of bone in chicken thighs at about 300 for about 2 hours and they turned out awesome.  I have done ribs 2x on it with pretty good success although its hard to get them perfect.  I prefer a little tug on mine and my wife likes hers falling off the bone so its hard to find a good compromise ;)  .  My last smoke was probably my best attempt and it was an overnight smoke.  I put a trimmed 9.5 lb boston butt on the smoker last night at about 8:30.  I put about 5 fist sized chunks of hickory buried in a full ring of charcoal (16 lbs of charcoal) . I also used sand in the foiled water pan instead of water for those that care about that. I got the temp dialed in at 250 degrees after about an hour and went to bed.  I woke up a couple of times last night to check the temp on my wireless thermometer and it was rocking steady +- 5 degrees of 250.  I pulled it off this morning at about 9:30 when it reached 197 degrees for a double foil wrap and an ice chest rest of 2 hours.  I took it out of the foil and tender cant even begin to describe this heavenly creation.  My rub contained a considerable amount of brown sugar, head country, applewood seasoning, and Kansas city style bbq seasing with some heat to it.  It always looks like its burnt but I can assure you it is just a thick smoky perfect bark with a lot of smoke flavor.  I'm not trying to be a braggart but man I sure do love this new smoker and I really enjoy the ease of cooking on it.  I'm thinking of building a mini wsm for taking on camping trips or doing small items to save on charcoal.  Here are a few pics of the described cooks .  Ill apologize in advance for the butt that looks mangled ( its hard to keep forks out of it before I can snap photos ).   The mangled one is my first attempt and the one that is extremely dark was last nights butt.

    Thanks for Looking,


  2. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Very very nice! If you want to build the mini I can give you some pointers.

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