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11.5 lb. Boston Butt

MayberryMayberry Posts: 654
edited September 2012 in EggHead Forum
Quick question: I've done a few 5 to 6 pound Boston butts and they turned out great. I'm feeding a larger group for a tailgate this weekend and bought an 11 1/2 pound butt today. Is it better to cook the entire whole butt or would it be better to cut it into two separate pieces so it might cook a little faster? If it is cut into two pieces will there be any degradation in quality? or, do larger butts generally taste better?
Athens, GA
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  • C' can't be that dumb of a question!
    Athens, GA
    Large BGE and a Kamado Joe Jr.  Perfect pairing!
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,782
    Mayberry said:
    C' can't be that dumb of a question!

    Remember you are competing with the No Fun League tonight-my opinion (and we all know what those are worth:)) I would cut in half -more bark, and faster cook time (to a degree).  Largest I have cooked is around 10#'s and never noticed a taste difference with the smaller cooks.  Pork is very forgiving that way.  If you "halve" then remember each will behave on it's own and likely finish at a different time.  FWIW-
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • I thought that more bark was a good long as a 5 lb butt isn't less juicy and tender than a larger cook, that's what I'll do. Still trying to decide if I should rub tonight, or wait until an hour or so before throwing on the grill tomorrow. Thanks for your help!
    Athens, GA
    Large BGE and a Kamado Joe Jr.  Perfect pairing!
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