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boneless boston butt cooking times

sholedcsholedc Posts: 20
edited 5:31PM in EggHead Forum
Sorry for the double post but I need some advice on how long it will take to cook a boneless butt. I've always cooked bone in but this was all they had. Its 7.4 lbs. I usually cook at 250 degrees on a large size egg. I've searched the web and got mixed answers on this, but for the most part people seem to think a boneless butt cooks faster. True? How much faster? It has to be ready around 7 am or so I am putting it on tonight. I'm afraid of waking up and seeing that thermometer reading 210 degrees or something outrageous. Any guesses as to how long it will take?


  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    Probably the reason for mixed times is that all butts do not cook the same, bone in OR boneless.

    I usually figure 1.5 hrs/lb. and the cook for me usually gets done in about an hour 15 minutes. That leaves time for a rest.

    It is usually not likely, but possible, the egg will drop temperature. If you don't have a remote thermometer you may want to wake up a couple of times to check the cook.

  • sholedcsholedc Posts: 20
    Thanks for the advice... one more question. With a bone in butt I usually don't turn it. But with the boneless being such a looser piece of meat with some flaps kind of hanging out (it is tied well with twine however) should I turn the meat a few times to ensure an even cook? Thanks in advance.
  • stevesailsstevesails Posts: 990
    mine have gone 1.5 to 2 hours per pound.. an 8 pounder. that is a big difference.
    XL   Walled Lake, MI

  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    Interesting question. I never turn/rotate the butt, bone in or boneless. I don't mind boneless butts all, however, I do like those little pockets of meat in the bone areas - chief's treats.

  • TurkTurk Posts: 114
    I have gone 18 hours on a boneless at 225 to 250 and never lost heat. It was great. Go with Gramps though. He has done it a bunch more than I. Good luck.
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