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Testing direct pork butt, small BGE.

I traveled for business this week.  Got home at midnight Friday night and my wife had packed for our weekend trip to a friend's cabin near Jamestown, TN.  We left at 6:30am this morning. 

She's riding in the WMA with her friend and I am to stay home, BBQ, watch the Aggies (Whoop!), and drink beer.  She knew our friend had a Big Green Egg so my wife packed all the BBQ fixings and thawed a 5 lb. butt from a hog we had processed in the fall.

We arrive and I start to prep the butt and go to light the Egg and realize it's a small, with only a cast iron grate, no plate setter, no pizza stone.  So I've rigged a pseudo indirect by using a small pan in which I have created a rack to keep the butt out of the grease using rolled up foil.  However, it's really a direct setup so I'm going to do a turbo around 325/350 until > 165 internal then drop the temp until just before dinner. 

Will post pictures or at least results.


  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 3,871
    Looking forward to see how this turns out.



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  • Can't wait to see the pics. I did similar with a turkey breast. Are you putting liquid in your pan? I didn't at first but noticed the drippings burning because of direct contact of fire and pan so I added chicken stock and water


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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 9,595
    Sounds like good improvisation!  I am sure it will be fine.  LIke Mattman said you may need to do something about the pork fat drippings. Another idea is to throw a bunch of onions in the pan.  Good luck!

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  • BozzyBozzy Posts: 27
    Internal hit 165 @ 3:45 pm when Aggies lead at the end of the first quarter 14-7.  Shut down egg to see if I can get it to 220-250.
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 13,715

    Great audible-once you know the game plan then the execution is easy.  Enjoy the weekend and great eats!

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  • texaswigtexaswig Posts: 2,060
    I'm also interested to see how this comes out.
    Greenville ,Tx

    Xl bge with woo2 and ajustable rack
  • Chris_WangChris_Wang Posts: 1,253
    How'd it do?

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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 5,314
    @Bozzy is probably lost to the world drowning his sorrows because of the outcome of the game...

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

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  • BozzyBozzy Posts: 27
    Up here in the cabin with little/no cell reception, my phone had no juice for pictures.  So here it is in words....

    After the roller-coaster of a ride and a very exciting and close 4th quarter, I set to pulling the pork.  The butt was nicely done and the foil grid I placed in the pan to keep the butt out of the grease worked as desired.  The butt was juicy and minus a few tough spots it pulled very easily.  It had a nice smoke ring.

    The cabin owner and I hogged most of the smoky outer chunks while everyone else had pulled pork on buns.  

    Overall, I'm very satisfied with the butt and may even do a turbo butt indirect at home as another test. 

    Put butt on (direct in a pan with foil "logs" to keep it out of grease" at 11:00 at 350
    Flipped fat side down at 2pm
    at 3:45 the internal had hit 165 so I backed the egg off as much as I could
    Removed it from the egg at 6pm and the internal was 185
    Pulled it after a 45 minute rest in foil

    Sorry for the lack of pictures. 
  • BozzyBozzy Posts: 27
    Foghorn said:
    @Bozzy is probably lost to the world drowning his sorrows because of the outcome of the game...
    Nothing like beer, BBQ, and friends to help wash away the tears!  Actually, it was a very good game and am proud of my Aggies.  All of Saban's/Bama's revenge games until today were > 21 points.  

  • Here is your chance to show your friends how the egg really works and how the food should really taste. Go get em! Have fun.
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  • DMWDMW Posts: 10,635
    Dealing with what you had like that is awesome. Not sure what I would have done without a PS.
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