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Old 01-30-2010, 11:53 AM   #1
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First pork butt

Started my first pork butt this morning at about 6:30 in the morning. I used Wolfe Rub Original on it, then wrapped in plastic and let it sit in the fridge overnight. It's been in the WSM for a little over three hours and the internal temperature is already up to 161 degrees. The butt is a little over 7 pounds and the rack temperature has been stubbornly high most of the time at about 265 degrees.

I put a lot of hardwood lump charcoal in at the start and had to almost completely close down all three bottom vents to get the temperature to start lowering itself to where it is now at about 250 degrees. I had figured that it would take about 7 to 8 hours to finish but it looks like it's going to be half that time. Hope it comes out okay.

Pork butt in at about 6:30 this morning.


Well here it is after 8.5 hours! It turns out that all the comments made below were right. The butt hit a plateau at 170 degrees then went on cooking slowly until it was about 180. I pulled it then and put it in foil with some apple juice. Then it was back in the WSM until it hit 191. It's cooling now and I can't wait to pull it apart and see how it tastes.

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Old 01-30-2010, 12:50 PM   #2
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you're doing fine...keep it going....the internals will
slow down when it hits 170, but will climb faster around
180.
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:52 PM   #3
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Looooking Gooood Lew!
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:58 PM   #4
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Lew, it's time for a few beers. It looks like it's flying until it hits that platau, which it looks like your at right now. Might sit here for an hour and some, don't think somethings wrong, just have another beer!
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Lew, it's time for a few beers. It looks like it's flying until it hits that platau, which it looks like your at right now. Might sit here for an hour and some, don't think somethings wrong, just have another beer!
Thanks for the words of encouragement! It looks like you guys are right. It's been sitting a 167 for awhile now but I think I will pass on the beer right now, it's only 11:00 in the morning.
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:23 PM   #6
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Stay steady on course. Don't change the temps in an attempt to speed it up. It will push through when it is ready. The plateau is when the fat is rendering and adding flavor to the meat.

In the words of Alton Brown...your patience will be rewarded.
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Old 01-30-2010, 03:43 PM   #7
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[quote=Smokey Lew]
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Lew, it's time for a few beers. It looks like it's flying until it hits that platau, which it looks like your at right now. Might sit here for an hour and some, don't think somethings wrong, just have another beer!
Thanks for the words of encouragement! It looks like you guys are right. It's been sitting a 167 for awhile now but I think I will pass on the beer right now, it's only 11:00 in the morning.[/quote:joyhetzv]


And what's the problem?
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I just assumed you opened a 12 pack at 6:30 AM when you started ... you didn't?
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Without beer how can you tell how long it's been on the smoker?
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The Boy obviously dont drink beer before 11 AM. Unfortunantly that will get him bumped off the short list of them who get an invite to immigrate to God's Country (Texas of course). Now I have heard it very dangerous to drive in Sunny CA cuz all the migrating Okies mattresses blow off the top of the cars and hit other cars etc. Do anybody know about this kinda stuff?

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