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daveshannondaveshannon Posts: 4
edited January 2012 in EGGtoberfest
i,m attempting my first Boston butt this weekend. how should the placesetter be,leggs. up or down.should i wrapp in foil or not, and do i need a pan of water for smoking. any help would be appreciated.


  • BakerManBakerMan Posts: 159

    Platesetter legs up.  Pace a drip pan between legs under rack.  Depending on whicj thread you read your drip pan options are:

    • empty - drippings might produce burning smell
    • put a couple of inches of water
    • put a mixture of 50% apple cider and 50% apple cider vinegar
    • beer, wine or toher favorite liquid

    I usually put disposable foil drip pan with a couple of inches of water in it.  Make sure your dome temp is at least 250.  A dome temp of 250 translates into a grate temp of ~ 220-225.  If you drop dome temp to 22o as suggested by others grate temp will be under 200 and you will never get butt to 195 (firsthand experience talking here).  Also with 220 dome temps you run the risk of fire going out overnight on long cooks.


    BakerMan - Purcellville, VA "When its smokin' its cookin', when its black its done"
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