I think I'm okay, but I'd love some feedback from those of you that have danced this dance before...
I've never attempted an actual pork butt, but feeling empowered with my new Large Egg, I went for it. Three 7.25# butts got coated in mustard and brown sugar, cumin, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, onion and chili powders and set on a grid temp of 350 at 10 pm. I monitored heat and let it stabilize at 275 grid (Maverick is essential eggessory IMO). Was nervous, so stayed up till 2 am babysitting and temp was at 305 and meat was 155 when I crashed. Woke up at 6 am and fire was out!
First thing that went through my mind is "get a HighQ grate".
Second thing is "Holy !@$!! Is my pork okay?"
Meat temp was at 150 (down from 165 at 2 am). I wrapped each butt in foil, set aside, and used the out-end of a shopvac to blow out the ash holes in the grate and reignite flames (had to fire up my electric starter, too). I've been back at a steady 275 grate since 6:45 am. Meat temp is back up to 165 (as of 9:45 am) and target is 200 - 205 depending...
My basic question: Am I toast or do you think I'll be okay for FTC by 3:00 pm for a dinner party at 5:00 pm?
Rookie panic setting in!