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Urgent - help needed holding butts - Please!

DavekatzDavekatz Posts: 763
edited 5:24PM in EggHead Forum
I have 4 butts that I smoked at 300°F for 5 hours. Due to time/schedule/life demands, that's all the time I have tonight.

I've moved them to a large steam pan, doused them with apple juice, and foiled them tight with heavy-duty aluminum foil. They are currently sitting in a 170°F oven overnight until I can pull and package them tomorrow.

I think I'll be okay - it's over 140° so the food cops are happy and 8 hours at 170° ought to render the connective tissue.

Assurances? Warnings? Advice? All are welcome.

Thanks much,

Food & Fire - The carnivorous ramblings of a gluten-free grill geek.


  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,670
    I would turn the temp up to 190-195, I have held finished butts like that for hours
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,587
    YEP.What the Poolman said.Kick it up to 190 or so,you'll be fine. ;)
  • 190* to hold them, I would put plastic wrap on steam tray and then put double foil on top. Holds the moisture and seals in heat.
    Wilson, NC
    Large BGE - Stoker II - Thermapen - 250 Cookbooks
  • Little ChefLittle Chef Posts: 4,725
    I agree with what was previously mentioned, 190* oven. (what was the meat temp when pulled from the Egg?) I know life gets in the way sometimes, but just curious why not 250* overnight in the Egg? :huh: Why the rush at the beginning to be held in an oven?
  • DavekatzDavekatz Posts: 763
    Between getting a new fire grate that cooks a little hotter, not feeling the greatest, the weather not cooperating, and this being a cook for a friend, I chickened out and tried to do a hotter/faster cook but ran out of steam before the butts where ready.

    But thanks to all of your support, they held in the oven over night and then I cranked them up to 350°F this morning for an hour. Then bone fell right out when I pulled them. Very tender and tasty too.

    Hope the crowd likes them. I'll know tomorrow.

    Thanks again,

    Food & Fire - The carnivorous ramblings of a gluten-free grill geek.
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