First butt questions.

Started by SmokeeaterGa, May 28, 2011, 03:10:16 PM

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I am going to smoke my first Boston butt this weekend. I have already applied yellow mustard and some rub wrapped them in plastic wrap and have sitting in the fridge.   I have two butts.  One weighs about 6# and the other 7#.  Do I consider this a 13# butt or individual?  I plan on smoking around 205 so I'm trying to estimate how long it will take so i should know when to start.   Any suggestions would be great.   I live in ga so outside temperature is around 95 during the day and 80 at night.   I am also curious on which rack to place them on?     I have an OBS 4 rack.  I am thinking about using hickory and apple but I also have mesquite and Jim bean also.         


Good luck on your first butt, they really take some effort to screw them up so you should be good. I normally cook mine at 225, and normally do two at around 8-9 lbs each and have had them take anywhere from 18-21 hours to finish up. I always plan on them taking longer and can rely on the FTC (foil, towel, cooler) method to keep them hot if they get done early.

I normally place a tray with beer in it on the bottom rack to catch the drippings, then the first but on the next rack up and then the next butt either 1 or 2 racks up depending on whether it fits or not.

I like hickory on pork so I think the hickory and apple would be a good combo. After you are done applying smoke then change the water and rotate the racks, top to bottom front to back. This will help even out the cooking a bit. At this point I normally go to bed and then rotate again and refill the water in the morning.

195 is when I pull mine and FTC them for at least an hour before pulling. Don't worry when the temp stalls for a while, this is normal and it will start going up again eventually.


consider the total weight at 13 lbs and  figure 1 1/2 hour per lb  cook time at  225 and  a stall period is normal i have had  13 lbs get  done in 16 hours and other time it  took 22