'Tis the season ... so be sure to see our Holiday Entertaining Recipes for some terrific ideas. And, it’s not too early to start thinking about our Country Christmas menu for any of your holiday meals! For something different, how about mixing it up with our Light Southern Meal with Grilled Catfish and Watermelon Salsa! Happy Holidays!
I've never needed to use foil on my probes to protect them between the egg halves. Have used them regularly for over a year with no problems. I think it is luck of the draw concerning the longevity of the Maverick probes.
Love my Maverick. Had it for 2 years with no problems at all. The only precaution I take with the probes is to not soak them in water.
The Maverick and the Thermapen have different purposes in my opinion. The Maverick allows me to keep the egg closed for long cooks and still monitor temps remotely. Remember, if you're looking, you ain't cooking!
The Thermapen helps me the most with getting meat to the right temp - chicken, turkeys, burgers, steaks, etc... Individual pieces of meat cook at different rates, so I can make sure that each piece is at the right temp with the Thermapen.
I think that you could simplify even further. I have never noticed that mustard does anything for the flavor of a pork butt. The rub will stick to the butt without it. I also don't think that you need to put any beer in the drip pan. Seems like a waste of beer! Pork butts, in fact all foods, come out incredibly moist when cooked on an egg. Your mileage may vary though.