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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!! 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!!


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