So.....I'm notoriously bad at posting pictures - and, that's even after I know if there ain't no pictures, it never happened! But, we've all seen enough pic's of butts, yeah?!
But, I wanted to share the approach (even though it wasn't an original) because it was - by a long shot
- the best butt I've ever done. And, again, nothing original - just had great results so wanted to share it with other folks that may not have done it this way (yet!)
This was a very small butt - 5 or 6 pounds...smallest I've ever done - that was cut-down off the original and then tied-up nice-n-tight. I gave it a good bit of Kansas City Sweet BBQ rub and injected it
with Chris Lilly's injection the night before (again - normally I inject just before putting onto the grid.)
I had the butt on a rack over a drip pan (sitting on the grid resting on the PS, legs-up) with about 1 cup of apple cider + 1 cup of apple vinegar + 1 cup of water and threw it on my LBGE (that was settled-in at 220 degrees grid temp) at 11:30pm. The next morning the egg was sitting - rock solid - at 219 degrees and the butt at 156 degrees.
With only a 6 pounder, I thought I'd be done somewhere around 9am. ...instead, I sat in the stall - between 156 - 160 degrees, until 2pm (14 1/2 hrs) when I started getting nervous about making 4pm dinner. I bumped the egg to about 350 to try and push through the stall. (...until that time, the apple cider/apple vinegar/water in the pan was still liquid - and, looking incredibly good!) Finally around 3pm (15 1/2 hours) the internal temp was only 181 degrees. ...unfortunately, we had after dinner plans and I had no choice but to pull the butt and roll the dice!
I pulled the butt at 181 degrees and wrapped it for only 45-min. During that time, the temp increased to 189 degrees.
I was afraid that the 5-6 pounds would be far too small - then, I was afraid that the nearly 16 hours on the heat was going to make it leather. Instead, it was the juiciest, most flavorful butt we've ever had!! ...by a long, long ways, too!
Maybe just dumb luck....but, I'm going to try the exact same set-up again and see how it goes. In the meantime, I'm going to chalk it up to great skill! And, if you haven't tried Chris Lilly's injection, I highly recommend it!!