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How many butts on a Large?

kybowhunterkybowhunter Posts: 4
edited 2:49PM in EggHead Forum
Any ideas on how to smoke 2 or more butts on a large BGE?


  • BigGreenDonBigGreenDon Posts: 166
    I've seen a picture on this forum where somebody did a home-made 2-level arrangement (using nuts & bolts) and fit 4 butts on their large. They had 2 per grid.

    I would think that you could fit 2 side-by-side on your large. They might start out touching, but after some shrinkage, no worries.

  • Roll TideRoll Tide Posts: 505
    How big is each butt? Two shouldn't be a problem at all.
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    With the right hardware you can fit 6 in a large, I've done 4 on one grid. What kind of bow do you use, my neighbor owns PSE?
  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428

    It all depends on what size they are and if you want to stack another grate in the Egg. The ones above are around 8 or 9 pounds, so two fit easily on the grate.

    These below are in the 4 or 5 pound range.


    These are most likely 6 pounders

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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,927
    ive never cooked more than 2 ;) theres two 8 pound flats and there as well


  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    Here are 4 8lb butts on a single grid. -RP

  • Roll TideRoll Tide Posts: 505
    Thats pretty neat, AZRP. I don't do a lot of bow hunting anymore, but I use a PSE.
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    He is a good guy, I've cooked butts for some of their corporate get togethers and he let me fly his Eurocopter. -RP
  • EGGRPhEGGRPh Posts: 178
    Hi RP,

    Just out of curosity how long did you smoke those 4 butts for? I'm thinking of doing 2 8.5lbs for a party on Saturday starting at 3pm. Just need to know a time frame. Thanks.

    Stef in Brunswick,Oh.
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    As I recall the 4 took close to 20 hours at 250 dome. -RP
  • EGGRPhEGGRPh Posts: 178

    The only reason I ask is because the last time I did a 6lbs pork butt following the naked whiz setup and I smoked it at 250 for 14 hrs. So following that mindset I would need 28 hrs for 2 8.5lbs. What did I do wrong?

  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    Multiple butts only take a little bit longer than a single one just because there is more cold meat to warm up. -RP
  • deepsouthdeepsouth Posts: 1,788
    I've put three butts on the grate and the put a smaller grate and another butt or two on that. I've done about 45 lbs at one time.

  • Wise OneWise One Posts: 2,645
    I have done (on a couple of occasions) 5 8lb butts at one time in a large on a single grill. I put three on bottom and twp on top. The last time I did it, I actually had 5 EGGs going with 40 lbs on each. I put the meat on at 6PM at 240 and did not open it again until 7AM the next morning. The meat started coming off at 9AM with a few pieces hanging in there until noon. (15-18 hours). Time should be based on the size of the individual pieces. Mine were pretty uniform in size and the location of the laggards (those that took 18 hours) was random. In some cases it was one of the bottom pieces and in others it was on top. In some cases all 5 of the pieces on a grill were done at the same time while in others there may have been two pieces that took longer.
  • bcrawfo2bcrawfo2 Posts: 85
    These were all in the 8 pound range.
    I'd done two butts before, but this was my first try at four. I ran out of lump. Don't be scared....fill it up.
    My cook time was right around 15-16 hours.

    As long as you don't have them touching (much) the cook will take the same amount of time. If you group them tightly, it'll act like a bigger piece of meat.
  • Thanks for the all the ideas - I have 5 butts to smoke on Friday :)

    AZRP - I currently shoot a Mathews. You ever get to put any elk meat on the BGE?
  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,393
    68 pounds for my sons hs graduation. 3 on the bottom and two on top. Took 24 hours. My longest cook on the large.




    Full load of lump and she didn't waver on the temp the whole time.
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  • This is amazing... I didn't realize so much meat would fit on one egg... Looking forward to my next cookout now!
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