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Hello from Tx. Questions about cooking 2 butts

scottyintxscottyintx Posts: 13
edited July 2012 in Pork

Hi all! I'm new to the forum! Bought my first egg last week....a LBGE. Tonight I will be attempting to cook 2 8# butts for a party tomorrow eveing. I already have the meat prep'd and in the fridge. I already have the egg ready to be fired up! I do have a couple of questions.

First..My plan is to cook at grid temp of 220-250 and putting butts on at 10pm tonight. The party starts at 6pm tomorrow....How is my timing?? Am I starting to early?

Second...I only have one meat probe (Maverick ET-73) but i'm cooking 2 butts. Can I use the one probe temp as a guide for the other butt??


  • LizzieSampsLizzieSamps Posts: 894
    You will be finished early but you can foil, towel, cooler them to hold. I am sure someone with more experience will reply. Just don't be peeking! Also even the smaller one could cook faster, so be sure to probe both to be sure you don't go over on the other. There is a HUGE thread under me of my 1st butts over thr 4th. Would be a good read for you! Good luck, I will be watching for pics.
  • bigphilbigphil Posts: 1,390
    am not great on timing but most say 1.5/2 hours per pound at 250/260 (i think) with two in there not sure how that will increase the time . as for one temp probe i'd go buy another lowes and home depot have cheap ones so do many other stores always nice to have a extra when doing two butts 
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  • BYS1981BYS1981 Posts: 2,521
    2 butts will not really change cooking time unless they're tied together as 1. I generally use 2hrs a pound as a guide. I plan on butts done an hr before the party and wrap in foil, put towels around it, and put in a cooler, aka FTC.
  • scottyintxscottyintx Posts: 13
    Put butts, grid, plate setter and drip pan on when dome temp was steady at 350. that was 45 min ago. Dome temp now reads 310 with grid temp at 237 and rising. Slowly closing vents to get temp down a bit. I have bottom vent open a little over 1/2 " with daisy open 1/4". Afraid to close to much more, don't want to snuff out fire???!
  • LizzieSampsLizzieSamps Posts: 894
    I had to shut the vent to about 1/8" screen and almost closed petals on top to keep it at 250 dome. It dropped to 200 over night. I watched it for 3 hrs and then 3 hrs of sleeping it dropped. Pulled it back up to 250 in the morning. I had no problem with it snuffing out! Good luck! BTW it will stall, be ready for it and expect it, then it will finish and be so delicious!! As I have been told, enjoy the journey!
  • scottyintxscottyintx Posts: 13

    Thank you for the responses! I would like the dome temp around 260-275. I do have it coming down now.


  • scottyintxscottyintx Posts: 13

    Well, been almost 14 hours. Grid temp at 235 and the Maverick says the one butt is 192...BUT, handheld Taylor thermopen says 198. Gonna leave it till Maverick says 195. The other butt is at about 186. All went well during the night. Egg held temp perfect!! I am so thankful to all the post I read on how to build a proper fire!!

    Here are a few pics:

    Prop's yesturday morning


    Finished product!



    My new LBGE



  • scottyintxscottyintx Posts: 13
    Oooops, let try again!
  • Nice job Scotty. Just go by feel when you get close to temp. The probe should slide in and out like buttter in 2-3 places on the butt when done.
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  • BYS1981BYS1981 Posts: 2,521
    Looks good, enjoy!
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