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Boston Butt - First attempt

dls2122dls2122 Posts: 66
edited 11:07AM in EggHead Forum
I bought my EGG (1st) just before the 4th of July and all my cooks (many) have gone really well, but each time I've tried something new I have been more curious about how they'd turn out than nervous. I have to admit - I was very nervous before making this Butt. When do I put it on - 200 - 225 - 250? What do I do if it's not done or done too early? A lot of postings on this forum kind of put me in the right direction, but I was still very nervous. So - got up at 3:30 to start the egg at 4 to put hte butt on at 5AM wanting to eat around 5:30PM (figured 12 hours for a 7 1/2 pounder). Plugged in a remote thermometer and started pacing. I've never watched temps close before and was suprised (horrified) at how quick the meat went to 150. I don't want this for LUNCH! But then everything slowed down. I hit 200 at 3:15 and used the trick of wrapping it in foil and plaing in a towel lined cooler for a couple hours (that I picked up here - thanks). At 5:15 took it out - it was still steaming. Are you kidding me?

Turned out this was my favorite cook yet. I was hoping to get 2 meals out of this butt. Didn't happen. 1 meal and a snack. Thank you to everyone on the forum who's advise I used and all the interesting reading whose advice I haven't had a chance to use yet.

Don
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Comments

  • StanleyStanley Posts: 623
    What dome temp did you settle on?
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  • dls2122dls2122 Posts: 66
    Well - I started at 250, but then panics when the butt's temp raised so quickly so dropped it to 200. I'm not very experienced with the egg yet and had trouble keeping it there so just crossed my fingers and let it go at 250. turns out I was worried about nothing. I alsmost wonder if sitting in the cooler for a couple hours didn't actually help the moisture. I'd be interested in hearing comments about that.

    Thanks,
    Don
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  • Here are the pics.

    Vidalia used tostidos and used a vegetable tray - one of those holey things. The tosditos are uniform in size and therefore they all cook about evenly - besides that I like em. I think the tosditos and veggie tray are improvements. See Vidalias post further down the page.

    My pics

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    Have some left over stuffing - stuff a few potatoes
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    Get out of the way - these geaux phast :laugh:
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  • Man!! Did I get lost on this post or what? Should have been a little bit lower.
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