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New personal record for turbo butts

lilwootylilwooty Posts: 215
This weekend I smoked 32 lbs of pork shoulder for a big pool party of 70 people. I decided to go turbo on Saturday morning. My previous experience with this has been about an hour cook time per pound on my XL. I don't know if it was because of the combined meat mass inside the XL, but they all were at 205 degrees internal temp at 6 hours. The egg was at about 325 dome temp the entire time. Indirect with plate setter and the larger shoulders were on a raised grid. Two of the shoulders were 8.5 lbs and the other two were a little over 7 lbs each. Four of them total. Anyone else experience filling up your egg with meat causing the cook time to accelerate? It just seemed to me that they were done awful quick.

Living Large and XL

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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 5,744
    When I cook large quantities, I've noticed that multiple big hunks of meat act as a heat block/sink. If you were 325 at the dome, you were probably 375+ at the lower grid. That's probably why it cooked so fast. I generally don't worry too much about "dome temp vs grid temp" but in cooks like this one, if you get the dome temp to 350, you can have the lower grid temp reach 400+ and burn the underside of the lower butts. The more meat you have to act as a heat sink and restrict the airflow, the more this can potentially be an issue.

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

    San Antonio, TX

  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 1,750
    Nice job on the pork. How close was that butt on the front of the upper grid to your dome thermo? Maybe it was close enough for the cool meat to pull your thermo temp down enough so that you were cooking hotter than the 325 that it read.
    XL, Large, Small, Mini Eggs, Humphrey's Weekender, Superior Smokers SS-Two, MAK 1-Star General, Hasty Bake Gourmet, Santa Maria Grill, UDS (Darth Maul), Thai Charcoal cooker, Webers: 18.5" WSM, 22.5" OTG, 22.5" Kettle Premium, WGA Charcoal, Summit S-620 NG

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  • lilwootylilwooty Posts: 215
    Thanks for the feedback guys.  You bring up some valid points.  I have been thinking about getting one of those new Party Q's anyway.  I think I need to monitor the temp at the cooking grate level for better results.

    Living Large and XL

  • MaskedMarvelMaskedMarvel Posts: 1,722
    Recalibrate your thermometer
    Large BGE and Medium BGE
    36" Blackstone - Greensboro!


  • RaymontRaymont Posts: 672

    In the picture it looks like that raised butt would be really close to your dome thermometer. At a minimum, it might have restricted heat flow.

    Small & Large BGE

    Nashville, TN

  • Ladeback69Ladeback69 Posts: 4,372
    Looks good to me. I've only done 2 at one time in 6 hours with the turbo method indirect on a raised grid. I am thinking of doing 2 pork butts and 2 briskets on my XL for my brother's birthday coming up the end of October. I'm not sure if two briskets will fit on the bottom, will see. Did you sauce the meat or leave it dry? I usually leave mine without sauce and add back in some of the drippings for moisture and flavor.
    XL, WSM, Little Kahuna, Coleman RoadTrip Gas Grill

    Kansas City, Mo.
  • lilwootylilwooty Posts: 215
    Looks good to me. I've only done 2 at one time in 6 hours with the turbo method indirect on a raised grid. I am thinking of doing 2 pork butts and 2 briskets on my XL for my brother's birthday coming up the end of October. I'm not sure if two briskets will fit on the bottom, will see. Did you sauce the meat or leave it dry? I usually leave mine without sauce and add back in some of the drippings for moisture and flavor.

    2 of the shoulders were sauced for pulled pork sandwiches.  The other 2 had a different rub mainly chili powder and cumin based.  They were not sauced.  They were for tacos.  I put it in a crockpot on the warm setting with a little beef broth to keep it from drying out while it was served.  It took quite a while before everyone was finished serving themselves, so I was afraid it might get too dry.

    Living Large and XL

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