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Sunday grub (Boston Butt)

Cymbaline65Cymbaline65 Posts: 799
edited July 2012 in EggHead Forum
Did an 8 hour cook of a relatively small (5.5lbs) Boston Butt yesterday. Bad Byron's Butt Rub and Jack Daniels wood chips. Total cook time was eight hours at 275 dome temp. One hour resting in a cooler. Served up with toasted buns and coleslaw. Food went too fast but I did get a pic when it hit 190 degrees. Took abount one hour to get the temp to stay at 275. It kept fluctuating 10-20 degrees, but when I got it "locked in", it was fire and forget the whole cook. Gotta love it.
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  • cazzycazzy Posts: 8,808

    Food going fast is always a good sign.  Good job!! :)

    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
  • Cymbaline65Cymbaline65 Posts: 799
    Thanks, Cazzy. You know, I'm surprised how few people mention the JD wood chips in their cooks. I love them and they work with pork and poultry so well. I do like to change it up frequently, hickory is the tried-and-true standby. Love oak, alder, pecan and cherry. When you soak the JD chips for about 1hr, it smells just like a JD on the rocks. :D
    In the  Hinterlands between Cumming and Gainesville, GA
    Med BGE, Weber Kettle, Weber Smokey Joe, Brinkman Dual Zone, Weber Genesis Gas Grill and portable gasser for boating
  • cazzycazzy Posts: 8,808
    Never tried the JD chips. Need to try as a lot of peeps use them around here.
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
  • KristinnnKristinnn Posts: 133
    I did the same thing yesterday with jack chips.  My best butt yet.  I dont know if the chips made a difference but they sure did smell good.. a muted version of actually smelling the liquor at the distillery.  How much do u guys put in it?
  • Cymbaline65Cymbaline65 Posts: 799

    @Kristinnn: I used two handfull for the entire cook. I'd say around 1 cup of chips. Although evidence seems to be contrary, I do soak them for at least 1hr so they don't burn so quickly. I added the chips in the beginning 4 hours. How much did you use?

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 19,777
    I don't soak them anymore, I just scatter them over the top of the lump right before I throw the food on.
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  • KristinnnKristinnn Posts: 133
    i read to not bother soaking so i didnt..plus it was time to put it on. :)  i put like 8 chips in there... i could have sworn i read to not put many but these were tiny so i wasnt sure and didnt want to overdo it.  next time a handful or two it is
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 19,777
    I throw a couple fist fulls in.  I'm trying to only buy/find/use chunks now.  They burn slower.
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  • Cymbaline65Cymbaline65 Posts: 799
    In re-thinking my earlier post, I'd say probably 2 cups of chips total. As for the whole soaking thing, I've found that Mesquite soaked in beer is a nice flavor - especially for ribs. It mellows out the harsher Mesquite taste. Of course that means you have to sacrifice a beer for the cause... =P~
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  • KristinnnKristinnn Posts: 133
    good idea. that was my first time trying out wood chips so i was clueless but its making me want to go outside and sniff the bag again
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 10,020
    As mentioned above, while there is no need to soak chips, soaking the JD chips does produce a great aroma.  I use chips all the time and spread them throughout the lump load-figure where there is fire there is smoke.  I unscientifically equate a good handful of chips to a chunk. 
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