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Why 200* for pulled pork?

GWWGWW Posts: 43
edited 2:16PM in EggHead Forum
Just curious why 200* for pork butts seems to be the magic number? I have cooked many butts on different cooking equipment and have always pulled them at 185*... it shredded like butter! And if you beleive what pure Willingham and Smoke & Spice works! Is it the dynamics of the EGG, or does the extra 15* make that much difference? hope I dont get scoffed right out of the forum!


  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,378
    There is no magic number! I think a lot depends on how long the butt spends in the tenderizing stage of the cook...the plateau. I usually do a fork test at 185, and often it is ready to pull. Sometimes it needs higher temps for the right pull. Much depends on the cooking temps, the particular piece of meat, and the time spent in the plateau. IMO there is no "magic" anything in Q. What works, works. And everyone has s different way of getting to the possibly single magic thing about Q....the eating.[p]No scoffing here!
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  • Tim MTim M Posts: 2,410
    Nature Boy,[p]Plus the extra time to go up to 195-200 internal seems like it gives the butt more time to render more fat and become as tender as it can be. Many folks who slice pork do it at 185 so it has a little firmness left in it. I agree with you, don't fixate on 200 deg --- heck, maybe 205 would be better?[p]Tim
  • GWWGWW Posts: 43
    Nature Boy,
    Phew...didn't think my taste buds have been lying to me all this time!..that extra 15* sometimes would require way to much patience when people are standing around drooling! .. think I will let the next one go to 200*, just to check..[p]yum!

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