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somethings wrong with my butt

cooksomecooksome Posts: 88
edited 8:55PM in EggHead Forum
the last thee butts i cooked are not as tender as they sould be. I soak them in a applejuice mix I brew up at least eight hours thow I dont know how much flavor it adds besides to the outerlayer.I just cooked two at 225 They cooked for 12.5 hours and reached a internal temp. of 180. they looked great but acted like a roast not a pulling pork. They where sold as boston pork roast at Rouses however they did have a small bone in each of them (is'nt that suposed to be a picnik). They were defrosted slowly in the frig. I dont know whats happening?Any help :unsure:


  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    Try cookin to 195.
  • Big PapaBig Papa Posts: 220
    I just made a batch of Pork butt and I pulled mine at 190 and wrapped it and put in a cooler for 2 hours.

    I pulled the bone right out.
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    Get your dome temp up to 250 and pull at 195-200. You can pull at 180, but you have to double wrap in foil and get into an insulated cooler quickly so it can continue to cook. -RP
  • depending on the accuracy of your thermometer, you could still be in the plateau. definitely need to keep going. I usually cook to 195*. It will be falling off the bone.
  • okay Thanks yall does the wraping and storing in a cooler help tenderize?
  • Thank again yall
  • GirlyEggGirlyEgg Posts: 622
    Boston Butt come both bone in and out...bone in is better. I agree with the other folks... cook to 195 or higher and double wrap in foil, put in cooler and let it rest for 2 hours.

    I'd also make sure your thermometer for both your meat and your temp gate on your egg are calibrated correctly...

    Good Luck!

    p.s. A "picnic ham" will usually say "fresh ham" on the label and it will be the shape of a regular "ham"...
  • GirlyEggGirlyEgg Posts: 622
    the wrapping and resting lets the butt finish cooking and "melts" the collagen (I think that's what it is..) so that the meat will shred rather than slice....
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    they aren't done. take them to 195/200
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    except it's from the other end....

    picnic is off the "arm", a ham is off the butt, while a butt is off the "arm' as well.

    damn pigs. butts where their arms oughta be.
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • SundownSundown Posts: 2,964
    no wonder so many people keep Kosher!
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