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First Butt....Finally

4Runner4Runner Posts: 2,948
edited 4:28AM in EggHead Forum
Thought my little 7.8# would be finished a few hours ago but 19 hours later I finally hit 200. Bone could easily pull out. I have it wrapped and in the cooler now.



After 19 hours

Plateau was between 1:30am - 4:30am at about 162.

Can't wait until later today.
Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: and  and
What am I drinking now?   Woodford....neat


  • ALAL Posts: 80
  • Looks awesome...I haven't tried the BB yet, but I'm looking forward to it.
  • Looks good, Man I need to do a butt soon, its been a while
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,829
    Yeah, the plateau can be a real patience tester. Is it done yet? Nope, 160. Is it done yet? Nope, 160. Is it done yet? Nope 160. Is it done yet? Well, 161. WoHoo, we're movin' now!
  • Sure looks good there 4Runner. There ought to be a lot of lip smacking going over there.

    It wasn't all that hard, was it, other than the nerves.


  • usc1321usc1321 Posts: 627
    Well done. So you have to let us know how it taste ;) I bet it was good. I am looking forward to cooking one of those next weekend. ;) B)
  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 2,948
    It wasn't hard at all and it was fabulous. Some like it plain and I tried mine with a a NC BBQ sauce called Wells Hog Heven and another try with Blues Hog's Tennessee Red. I'm a sauce guy and not everyone from SC likes mustard based.

    I need some sleep though. With one exception I was checking every afraid my fire was going to die on me. One thing, I guess my air was getting some blocking as I needed to open her up a bit towards the end.

    Lessons learned:

    1. Need more water in my drip pan. Kind of ran out and then the drippings burned a bit.
    2. Once I hit the 180's I might try upping my temp a bit. It took me 7 hours to go from 176 - 200. That seems excessive.
    3. I need a shot of something before bedtime OR I need to invest in either the Stoker or DIG2 so I can get a good night's sleep. I'm too old for this.

    Thanks and good cooking!
    Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: and  and
    What am I drinking now?   Woodford....neat
  • Cory430Cory430 Posts: 1,072
    1. You dont need ANY water in the drip pan, the grease'll accumulate fast enough.

    2. Once i get get through the plataeu (sp) I'll bump the egg up to 300° some times just to speed things up. I can't tell a difference. Also, you can pull any where between 195°-200° the taste and texture is the same.

    3. Do a couple more long cooks with the egg and the only reason that you'll want a powered system will be for those times that you are cooking more than 3 butts at a time (assuming you have a large). The egg'll hold its temp just fine for many many hours.
  • Cory430Cory430 Posts: 1,072
    BTW, the butts look good!
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