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Pork Butt Success!! Pics and a question...

I did my first overnight cook last weekend.  Bought a 6 pound pork butt and let it go at 225 with some cherry and mesquite for about 10 hours.  I should begin by saying that it was incredible.  I had people over, and I made pulled pork sandwiches (see pics below).  The compliments were pretty lavish.  It turned out far better than I thought it would.  Rubbed the meat with Dizzy Dust prior to cooking, and served it on a bun with a slaw recipe I found on Naked Whiz (best slaw I've ever tasted actually).  Anyway, it was a resounding success; nonetheless, I do have a question.  I was having trouble dialing the temp in when I started.  I thought I had it stable at 225, but then it started dropping to around 200.  I compensated for the drop by opening the vent, but then it shot up to 250.  I finally got it back down to 225 and let it sit there for about 20 minutes before declaring it stable and going to bed.  When I woke up the next morning, the temp was at 300.  Like I said, the food still turned out spectacularly well, but I'm curious, is that kind of a temperature increase expected on an overnight cook?  If not, how do you avoid it?  Any help would be appreciated!



Southern California


  • robnybbqrobnybbq Posts: 1,907
    edited August 2013
    I find it very hard to maintain temps below 250 for a long time.  Usually drop out.  250 and higher it will lock in and stay there.

    pork can take the higher temps.

    Cook looks great BTW.

    LBGE, Adjustable Rig, Spider, High-Que grate, maverick ET-732, Thermapen,

    Garnerville, NY
  • bicktravbicktrav Posts: 489
    robnybbq said:
    I find it very hard to maintain temps below 250 for a long time.  Usually drop out.  250 and higher it will lock in and stay there.

    pork can take the higher temps.

    Cook looks great BTW.
    So you find that the temps fall rather than rise if you've set it below 250?
    Southern California
  • I avoid the flame-up or drop out with a digital controller.  Expensive way to go, sure, but I do get my sleep at night.  :)

    Nice job with the butt!  I'd also recommend giving the injection/turbo method a shot.  No need to do anything overnight, and it comes out better than a low&slow in my opinion.  
    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand." - DT

  • CharlesmaneriCharlesmaneri Posts: 1,295
    buy yourself a DigiQ Dx2 and your trouble is over you can find then at 
    2 Large Eggs and a Mini 2 Pit Bulls and a Pork shoulder or butt nearby and 100% SICILIAN
    Long Island N.Y.
  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 2,101

    In an earlier thread about this subject, I recommended looking at a Maverick ET-732 remote thermometer.  A whole lot less than a temp controller.

    Won't control the temp, but monitors that of food and cooking grid, and will beep you if it goes out of what you have set.  You can sleep.

    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,834
    250-270 is much easier...
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 6,841
    Dont listen to @henappl... he is drunk... 252-272 is the best...
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 3,619
    Actually they are both drunk...251-271 is perfect...

    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014
    Green Man Group cooking team.
    Johns Creek, Georgia
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,834
    @Chubbs... That was a left handed comment.... Get it?
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273

    As others said - Egg is much easier at 275 or so.   And with a butt you are fine at that temp in my opinion.

    Not universally shared by all, but when cooking brisket I prefer the 220 range.   Takes a bit more work, the Maverick allows me to monitor and adjust occasionally if needed.

    Any adjustment up or down is done by using the ash removal tool and gently tapping the lower door.   It does not take very much.

    Cookin in Texas
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