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Pork Butt/Thermo Calibration

CaptainChiliCaptainChili Posts: 13
edited 6:39AM in EggHead Forum
Last week I posted that I had cooked a 6 or 7 pound butt. Cooked indirect with platesetter, dome temp 225-250, and reached internal temp measured by Taylor remote thermometer of 196. I then pulled the butt which was done but much earlier than the cooking times I see many of you experience. The meat was cooked but not very tender and certainly not very "pullable". I did wrap it in a towel and placed it in a cooler for a couple hours as well. This all happened in approx 4 and 1/2 hours. Several suggested checking the thermo calibration which sounded good to me. I just finished the calibration. In rapidly boiling water, the BGE thermometer was right on the money just a little over 210 and the remote read 210. Given these readings I don't believe I can fault either of the thermometers. Any other ideas out there? The only thing I know to do is try again, I have three more butts in the freezer. Thanks for any assistance
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Comments

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,959
    maybe the dome gage probe was touching the butt giving a false reading
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  • That is a good observation. Will double check that next time. thanks
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  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    did you check the butt in more than one place? sometimes the probe isn't in the middle, or it's hitting fat or bone, which can skew temp readings
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  • No I didn't change the probe, there was a bone in the butt so maybe I was making contact with it. Thanks for the comment. I am a novice but learning.
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  • civil eggineercivil eggineer Posts: 1,547
    I cooked 2 similar sized butts this weekend for 14 hours at 250 degree dome temp. They sat around 165 degrees for 4 hours!
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