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Pork Butt

nemonemo Posts: 102
edited November -1 in EggHead Forum
Owner of BGE for 4 months. Have successfully smoked many dishes....from turkey to fish...till yesterday when I attempted a 2 1/5 lb Boston Butt. Set dome temp @ 250, used plate setter & water bowl, cooked for approx 5 hrs till internal temp hit 195. Pulled Butt and wrapped it in tin foil for 1 hr.
Attempted to pull the pork...could not. Had to slice a portion and chop it for sandwiches. Wrapped the remaining Butt in tin foil, cooked it in a 260 kitchen oven for 2 1/2 hrs. The result was easily pulled...and tasted very good.
What did I do wrong? I followed various guidelines from the no avail. Guess I needed to cook it on the BGE for a much longer period of time...perhaps 7 hrs vs 5.
Any suggestions??
Fairview, Texas


  • Are you sure your thermometer was calibrated? Also, temp is just a guideline you also have to test the meat. With a bone in butt, the bone just turns freely when it is done. I am guess you did not have a bone. Assuming you didn't try using a fork and trying to turn the fork. If the fork turns easily it is probably good.
  • usc1321usc1321 Posts: 627
    There are many options here.. I usually only cook pork butts in the 5-10 pound range. I think a 2 pound butt may have been cut down to where you will not be able to have the plateau render the connective tissue down before you reach a temp of 195. This would be my guess. I have learned over the years the bigger the better. :laugh: This is really true with briskets. :laugh: The smaller butts tend to turbo cook before they become tender. :evil: If you are are worried about making too much, you can always freeze the left overs and save them for another time. ;) B) They reheat nicely,, just add alittle apple juice to the freezer bag to keep moist. :whistle:
    I also try to keep a temp of 225-235 for my butts. I am a fan of low and slow :whistle:
    Hopefully this helps. Just remeber never give up. It took me about 5 attemps before I got the brisket down, and my butts get better every the family says :laugh:
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