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Re: First Big Smoke
« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2007, 02:38:42 AM »
Did it have to start snowing??? Had to improvise a roof on my windbreak shelter. I am under a deck, but the slight wind we have is blowing snow onto the smoker and controler. Put some of the cardboard from the bradley box on top as a roof. I think it will work.

Terry

Snow it just as bad as the wind when it comes in contact with the smoker, and when you have both at the same time it's hard to keep that cabinet up to temp. Good luck!!!


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Re: First Big Smoke
« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2007, 07:57:12 AM »
So, how did it turn out Terry?

I'm in absolute glory right now with the wind and snow......gonna smoke some cheese without a cold smoke box and figure this may be the perfect day to do it here and keep the temps down.

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Re: First Big Smoke
« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2007, 08:32:19 AM »
It's still in the oven at the 167 plateau. Been there since at least 6:30am when I checked on it. I just uped my convection oven temp to 225. I had it at 200 from about midnight on. it's 10:30 here. Need to get it done and in FTC.

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Re: First Big Smoke
« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2007, 08:37:07 AM »
How long has it been at that plateau?  There are many greater minds here than I.  I remember reading somewhere on here where the time above a certain degree makes a difference versus getting it to 190 or whatever your target temp is.  Someone with more knowledge than myself may be able to help you get it to FTC quicker.  Wish I could help.......we're pretty much muddling through the newbieness together.  Good luck with it.

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Re: First Big Smoke
« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2007, 08:45:01 AM »
IMHO FTC is not really necessary on a butt, especially if you keep the box temp below 210 and just slow cook.  I always FTC my butts but it is primarily to kill time until dinner.  On the other hand, I find FTC VERY useful with brisket and ribs.
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Re: First Big Smoke
« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2007, 08:45:09 AM »
Hi Terry

My experience with butts is they can spend up to 6 hours getting through the plateau. Ya just gota think of it as changing everything to juicy goodness! At 167 degrees you should start to see some movement soon.

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Re: First Big Smoke
« Reply #21 on: December 15, 2007, 09:04:23 AM »
Hey, I just noticed I'm no longer a newbie (well, on post count anyways :().  I wish you luck.  It did take mine quite a bit time getting through the plateau, but I can tell you that when we finally did eat last night, it was well worth the wait.  It was by far as good as anything I've ever eaten at any bbq shack and actually, I think it tastes better when you do it yourself.

Your guests are in for a real treat.

Good luck and keep us posted Terry.

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Re: First Big Smoke
« Reply #22 on: December 15, 2007, 09:57:26 AM »
I'm going to go out on a limb here and risk getting shot down by the group.  If it's been plateauing (sp?) for a awhile and you're getting desparate because company's coming, crank the heat in your oven to 350 degrees and let 'er rip for an hour.  My guess is that it will take your meat to 190.  Let's face it, at 167 the meat is cooked and edible.  The problem is you haven't broken down the collagen so you end up with sliced meat with rivers of fat, rather than shredable meat with the fat completely rendered.  The fast finish isn't perfect, but it does work.  I did it two weeks ago for the same reason you mentioned.  It just plain had to get done.  The eaters of the food are not perfectionists like everyone here.  They will love it.

My house smelled like bacon for about 48 hours.

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Re: First Big Smoke
« Reply #23 on: December 15, 2007, 02:00:08 PM »
How long has it been at that plateau?  There are many greater minds here than I.  I remember reading somewhere on here where the time above a certain degree makes a difference versus getting it to 190 or whatever your target temp is.  Someone with more knowledge than myself may be able to help you get it to FTC quicker.  Wish I could help.......we're pretty much muddling through the newbieness together.  Good luck with it.

Marc

I'm generally the one who posts that. When you are smoking at 200°F - 210°F, if you take the butt to 175°F the collagen has broken down into gelatin, and you get a moist easy to pull shoulder. If you are smoking with in the temperature range I mentioned above, I find taking the internal temperature any higher is not needed.


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Re: First Big Smoke
« Reply #24 on: December 15, 2007, 02:05:15 PM »
How long has it been at that plateau?  There are many greater minds here than I.  I remember reading somewhere on here where the time above a certain degree makes a difference versus getting it to 190 or whatever your target temp is.  Someone with more knowledge than myself may be able to help you get it to FTC quicker.  Wish I could help.......we're pretty much muddling through the newbieness together.  Good luck with it.

Marc

I'm generally the one who posts that. When you are smoking at 200°F - 210°F, if you take the butt to 175°F the collagen has broken down into gelatin, and you get a moist easy to pull shoulder. If you are smoking with in the temperature range I mentioned above, I find taking the internal temperature any higher is not needed.

Well, you were spot on.  I pulled mine at 175 after cooking at 210 for 16 hours......it was by far very easy to pull and as moist as any other pork I've done myself or eaten.  It was because of what you said that led me to pull it.  You are my Mr. Miaggi to my Daniel-son ;D (that last reference was for anyone over the age of 30 ;D)

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Re: First Big Smoke
« Reply #25 on: December 16, 2007, 10:02:46 AM »
Sorry I haven't gotten back to you all before now, but yeaterday was so hectic. Cleaning house (has to be spotless you know) as well as preparing all the food. I started inching the temp up on the oven at about 10:00 or so. First to 220 then 275 then 325 and finally all the way to 350. Hit 190 at 1:00 and I pulled and FTC'd to keep warm until I was ready to make my Hors Devoirs with it. Tried some before FTC and it was fantastic, wife loved it as well. THe smell in the house was a good smell. The wife came downstairs in the morning and said it smelled soooo good in the kitchen.

THe guest loved the pork and Icemans' sauce on it was great. I have almost a whole but left over. I froze some, does that work out well to freeze it? How about re-heating, any suggestions. Is the Microwave OK? Or should I sauce it and heat in oven?

Thanks for all of your help everyone. I couldn't have done it without you. I think Pork Butt's will be a reguler. Can't wait until warmer weather when I can sit outside by the smoker with a beer!!

Terry

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Re: First Big Smoke
« Reply #26 on: December 16, 2007, 11:45:10 AM »
I have only froze pulled butt in Vacuum Sealed bags.  There are several methods to reheat.  My favorite is to place bags is hot water.  If you do not boil the water it turns out like it was freshly smoked.  If you boil then there is a chance the seal will break.  Some folks heat up in microwave, some in oven, and others in crock pot.
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