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Need reassurance on butt cook and dropping temp

PhiliciousPhilicious Posts: 337
edited September 2012 in EggHead Forum
I have 4 five pound butts on my large. Been on since 9 am eastern time. Grid temp held steady at about 280 until about an hour ago. Now it is down to 253-255. Internal temp of one ( what I think is the largest) is 160. So, I think I am in the plateau but am concerned about the dropping grid temp. I filled the box up with WGWW so I am fairly confident that I don't have a problem there. Does the grid temp drop during the plateau? The weather did change a bit since I started - now a little windy and raining - but I cannot imaging that would affect this. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
Born and raised in NOLA. Now live in East TN.

Comments

  • IrishDevlIrishDevl Posts: 1,390
    That is not good, the meat is most likely ruined. I would throw it out and never try to do that again.  You just aren't meant to make pulled pork, we all can't be perfect.  Be well.  
  • IrishDevlIrishDevl Posts: 1,390
    Or...you are fine, stop worrying so much and have a drink.  I would temp check the smallest though, will most likely cook the fastest.  
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 12,427
    If you are running w/o controller, you can see changes in temp based on the fuel and air-flow mix.  Those are the two things that will impact-your fire may have migrated to quite a different fuel concentration or there has been something changing the air flow-or a combination of both.  If you want to, dial up the temp adjust your vents.
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood.
  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,523
    How did it turn out Phil?
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  • Turned out great. I opened the bottom vent another quarter inch and used my wiggle rod a bit and the temp rose as needed. I learned quite a bit trying to cook four pieces at one. Each piece has its own personality that is for sure.
    Born and raised in NOLA. Now live in East TN.
  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,523
    Sounds great.  Looks like you weathered the storm.
    __________________________________________
    It's not a science, it's an art. And it's flawed.
    - Camp Hill, PA
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