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First butt

DeckchefDeckchef Posts: 40
edited February 2012 in EggHead Forum
Just looking for advice on my first pork butt . Main question was "will I have to add lump during my cook ? " butt is almost 6 pounds


  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • Hell no you won't
  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273
    long as you clean out the vent holes, and fill your fire box full first - no need to add.
    Cookin in Texas
  • LyndeLynde Posts: 12

    No - I cooked a butt for 16 hours and was surprised how much charcoal was left.  look into a blower and temperature controller like the DiGi DX2 at - it makes long cooks easy and the food turns out great.


  • Ok - just picked up my butt , all they had left was a 11 lb. what kind of time am I looking at ??
  • @275, 1.5/lb. could be less could be 2 hr/ lb. that's your range tho Go there. I write it.
  • Or you could cut it in half if you aren't confident about an overnighter yet


    Caledon, ON


  • I did decide to cut it in half so now I have a 5.5 lb butt, been on for 13.5 hrs @ 250-275. For the last two hrs I've been bumping up the vents and the temp has been going down. Realized my ci grate holes were clogged with ash ???? Maybe if I had one of thoses high qui grates this wouldn't have happened ? Any thoughts ?
  • IrishDevlIrishDevl Posts: 1,390
    A 5.5 on for 13.5 should be completely cooked.  
  • It's gone to 180 from 170 in the last 30 mins since I cleared the grate holes and added a few lump. Maybe not much longer , running @ 350 now
  • IrishDevlIrishDevl Posts: 1,390
    I can't, for the life of me, understand why a 5.5 isn't ready yet.  I do understand that cut, cow, mabling etc... change how long it cooks, but I am stumped on this one.   
  • I don't care how long it took , that was the most unbelievable BBQ I've ever had!!!!!!
  • GatoGato Posts: 766
    Great, glad it turned out good for you. I did a five pounder that took 12.5 hours. I think a lot just depends on the meat.
    Geaux Tigers!!!
  • I had my drip pan filled with water and I just read that can make it go longer. Maybe on the next one I won't put anything in the drip pan.
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