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quick advice needed

Hi54puttyHi54putty Posts: 1,561
edited February 2012 in EggHead Forum
I have 2 butts (8 pounds each) in the home stretch. I am getting very inconsistent reading in both of the butts. Never worried about this before, just stuck the Maverick probe in and took it off at 195. I guess I am paying more attention since I only have 1 probe for 2 pieces of meat.  

Using the Thermapen, I am getting readings that vary from 175 to 196 in both pieces. Thermapen and Maverick read the same when they are beside each other. I am going to cooler them for about 5 hours so I figure I have a little wiggle room on the temps. 

I moved the Maverick 3 inches on the larger piece (same thickness) and it went from 196 to 183. Is this normal? Any suggestions?

Also accidentally bought without the bone so that doesn't help me. 
XL,L,S 
Winston-Salem, NC 
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  • Just see if the bone is ready to pull out without any resistance. Foil and rest and any bits are not up to a certain temp will get up there.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • Hi54puttyHi54putty Posts: 1,561
    thanks, no bone unfortunately but that's what I was thinking. They look ready. 
    XL,L,S 
    Winston-Salem, NC 
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  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273
    Two pieces of meat, exactly the same size wont necessarily cook through the stall the same.  
    Cookin in Texas
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  • Hi54puttyHi54putty Posts: 1,561
    the temps were all within the same piece of meat. separate but equal problems with both pieces. 
    XL,L,S 
    Winston-Salem, NC 
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  • Something that can make a difference is the fat content of each part of the butt. Fat will warm up faster than dense meat. That's why a butt doesn't even have to be thawed before you cook it. There's so much fat in most of it the heat transfers through it rather quickly. Another thing is if there is an air pocket in the middle of the butt. Like the gap between the platesetter and a pizza stone the heat won't tranfer as efficiantly across an air pocket at it will meat. You want the coolest part of the meat to be pullable. It doesn't matter if some of the butt gets up to 205 degrees. The other thing is that a 190 degree piece of meat will not cook itself up to 200 in a cooler no matter how long you keep it in there.
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 6,227
    @ stilllaughing - excellent bit of heat transfer knowledge with that last sentence.  Been in too many conversations about that subject and some just don't get it. 
    Louisville
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  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,449
    Stilllaughing, how much longer does it take to cook a butt from the frozen state?
    Every day is a bonus day and every meal is a banquet in Winter Springs, Fl !
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  • @GrannyX4,

    Probably no longer than 1/2 hr to an hour if at all. When I get butts from a supplier they usually come with multiple 2-packs. Many times the ones in the center of the case are frozen while some of the ones on the outside are thawed. They all go on together and the ones that were frozen get done at the same time as the rest of them. There are many occasions that people will put two thawed butts on and they each hit temp an hour or more apart. Because there is so much fat in them they soften up quite quickly. The same can be done with ribs. We put them on case at a time and the frozen ones get done at the same time as the thawed ones. I've also seen it done with brisket.

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  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,449
    Thanks. I never thought to put frozen food on the egg but I will now.
    Every day is a bonus day and every meal is a banquet in Winter Springs, Fl !
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  • Don't try it with poultry. You're asking for trouble and bad food if you do.
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  • Don't try it with poultry. You're asking for trouble and bad food if you do.
    Yep, no poultry! Good call @stilllaughing
    thebearditspeaks.com. Go there. I write it.
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  • Hi54puttyHi54putty Posts: 1,561
    Thanks Stilllaughing. That is very good to know. Especially with 2 small children always needing daddy for something.
    XL,L,S 
    Winston-Salem, NC 
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  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,449
    Ok. Thanks for the heads up.
    Every day is a bonus day and every meal is a banquet in Winter Springs, Fl !
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