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Offline Sorce

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4 Butts in the OBS
« on: May 26, 2011, 08:32:13 AM »
Can it be done? I'm doing pulled pork for a work outing and need to cook 4 of them. I can always do them on separate days, just wondering if it's possible to fit 4 of them in the OBS. Last time I checked sams it seemed the average weight for 2 was around 17 lbs. Just wondering if I should even try to fit them all in or just accept that I'm going to have to smoke them 2 at a time.

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Re: 4 Butts in the OBS
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2011, 08:40:49 AM »
I would do them in twos. They would probably take for ever cooking together.

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Re: 4 Butts in the OBS
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2011, 08:43:28 AM »

You could fit 4 if you stood them on end, but you'd probably be looking at 30 hours of cooking time..

Like HR, I would do them in the Bradley in pairs.

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Re: 4 Butts in the OBS
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2011, 09:01:26 AM »
If I were going to do all four at once, I'd definitely consider using the oven after the smoke ran out.

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Re: 4 Butts in the OBS
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2011, 12:17:45 PM »
I've done four butts in the OBS a few times.

You have to be creative to get them all in there, most of the time its two-to-a-rack standing on the cut edge, one on each rack may end up touching the rack above.

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Re: 4 Butts in the OBS
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2011, 04:22:13 PM »
When I do butts I bone them out and then cut them sort-of flat. I can get two to a rack. One more item. Check to make sure that no flavor enhancers have been added. The only place around here I can get butts that have not be pre-injected is Publix.

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Re: 4 Butts in the OBS
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2011, 11:24:54 PM »
I'm lookin' at smokin' 4 butts this week as well. Are there any guidelines about rotating the racks? I assume that the butts closest to the heating element will come up to temp a little faster than the ones above it, correct?

When you "finish" cooking meat in the oven, do you use "convection bake" or just regular "bake." I think convection gets a more even temperature throughout the oven, but I worry that the moving air might dry out the meat a little bit.

FLBentRider - what was your total cook time when you did 4 butts all at once?
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Re: 4 Butts in the OBS
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2011, 02:12:37 AM »
I've never smoke/cook four at a time, but when I want to get two on a rack, I truss them up with cooking twine. That often helps them fit on the racks a little better.


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Re: 4 Butts in the OBS
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2011, 03:17:08 AM »
FLBentRider - what was your total cook time when you did 4 butts all at once?

I've done them in as little as 18 and as much as 30

Probably average around 20 hours.

The one time I put them in the oven on convection the bark was too hard and chewy, I use regular bake.
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Re: 4 Butts in the OBS
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2011, 05:42:38 AM »
I usually do only 2 at a time.  I have done 4 at once only one time and was not thrilled with the results.  I recommend doing them in pairs - that's what I do now.  As far as time goes when I do 2 it usually takes 24-26 hours, so I plan accordingly.  I read posts where people have them done in 8 hours and I don't quite understand. 
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Re: 4 Butts in the OBS
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2011, 10:40:57 AM »
Flbentrider- what kind of rub do you have on that meat? All of the rub recipes I use and have read about are all pretty paprika-heavy. Yours looks like it's coated in molasses or soy sauce or something  ;D

Anyone have any opinions on rotating the racks while cooking? I imagine the resulting heat loss might negate an benefit you might get from rotating the racks anyway.

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Re: 4 Butts in the OBS
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2011, 11:06:24 AM »
Flbentrider- what kind of rub do you have on that meat? All of the rub recipes I use and have read about are all pretty paprika-heavy. Yours looks like it's coated in molasses or soy sauce or something  ;D

I'm not sure which rub that it in those pics. I did do some with a molasses slather once, so those could be it. It could be Bad Byron's butt rub, or the Alton Brown rub.

I rotate racks top to bottom and front to back when I empty/refill the water bowl at the four hour mark, and then again 6 or 8 hours later.
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Re: 4 Butts in the OBS
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2011, 02:29:55 PM »
depending on the size of each butt  and total of all , I  would load up to 30 lbs no more of meat and go from there and allow for stall time, it may take 24 to 30 hours though i did 18 lbs of brisket in 16 hours