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Butt timing and other issues

MDHogMDHog Posts: 43
edited July 2012 in EggHead Forum
Seems like a lot of posts on here about peoples pork butts finish too early. A lot of people seem to be putting them on too early, like 9 PM for a dinner the following day. That's 20+ hours--in my experience it would be very rare for a butt to take that long. 

What works for me

Light egg at 10:30 PM. This gives it plenty of time to stabilize. Seems like a lot of folks aim for a dome temp that's too low. 250-270 dome is fine and more sustainable than 200-220 dome I see some people aiming for. My egg seems to naturally stabilize right around 250-260 and then sit there like a rock.

Put ~ 8 lb butt on at 12:30 AM for 6 PM dinner, then I go to bed. In my experience this typically finishes between 3 and 5 PM, you can FTC for a couple of hours and be ready to pull and serve. Just my experience--everyone's mileage will vary of course, but this has consistently worked for me.
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