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Beginner Smoker - What's Easier Brisket or Pork?

tdub4tdub4 Posts: 99
haven't tried a true smoker cook on the Egg yet and would like to this weekend. As a beginner - without DigiQ or a similar device - what would be your suggestion to give it a try? BTW, this is not for a scheduled party so I am ok to make a mistake (although I would prefer no to!). Any suggestions welcome


  • EddieK76EddieK76 Posts: 415
    Pork Shoulder is way more forgiving....
  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 5,001
    Pulled pork is fool proof.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • hapsterhapster Posts: 7,445
    Pork is the way to go for a first low and slow
  • tdub4tdub4 Posts: 99
    Thanks for the fast replies! Next question....any favorite recipes you can point me to? There are so many so thought I would see if you have a suggestion there as well.
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,733
    This works for me. TURBO BUTTS · Hot'n fast, 350 for 3 hours to internal to around 160, then wrap in foil and 2 more hours to 195/200 and then let it rest for an hour or so wrapped in towels in a ice chest. Falls apart and oh so good! Have fun! · Be sure you only get a 7lb butt or so for the time (or a couple for more protein ) . Note: The butt box is not required. I use mustard & Bad Byron's Butt Rub (both not required). I put on the rub, then mustard, then rub once more.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • I did one yesterday using Chris Lilly's recipe...this is the 2nd time I've done it and my family loves it. I will post it as soon as I can find it.
  • tdub4tdub4 Posts: 99
    Thanks Mickey. I was curious about the turbo vs the long cook. Seen a lot about turbo and I am open to it if that is the way to go, or would you recommend I learn the low and slow first? In other words, is there value in doing it the ole fashioned way or is there a shift to the turbo way - at least for the pork?
  • Here is the recipe for Chris Lilly's Pulled Pork...I did it Turbo and will never go back to the lo and slow for PP....

    Chris Lilly's Six-time World Championship Pork Shoulder

    Recipe By : Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson's
    Serving Size : 0 Preparation Time :0:00
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    Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
    -------- ------------ --------------------------------
    For the pork shoulder rub
    1/4 cup dark brown sugar
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1/2 cup paprika
    1/3 cup garlic salt
    1/3 cup kosher salt
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    1 teaspoon oregano leaves
    1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon black pepper
    Pork injection
    3/4 cup apple juice
    1/2 cup water
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/4 cup salt
    2 tablespoons Worcestershire
    1 whole pork shoulder (approximately 16 pounds)
    1 bottle Big Bob Gibson Championship Red Sauce (or substitute your favorite BBQ sauce)

    Inject pork shoulder evenly with injection solution. Apply a generous amount of rub onto meat. Pat so the rub will adhere. Place in a smoker and cook with indirect heat for 16 hours on 225°F. Serve with sauce on the side or paint shoulder with sauce the last 20 minutes of cooking. When done, the pork should pull off the bones easily. The internal temperature of the pork should reach 195°F.

  • tdub4tdub4 Posts: 99
    Thanks GoldfishDude. When you do turbo, do you follow Mikey's formula above? 350 for 3 hours to 160 internal, then foil to 190, etc? Is that standard for turbo?
  • AltonAlton Posts: 468
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  • Yes...the in the cooler (FTC)
  • Egghead_DaronEgghead_Daron Posts: 862
    I have done the turbo and they are really good. But imho, low and slow is best done low and slow. I think a lot of that is mental for me. I love the sense of pride in cooking something for anywhere from 12-20 hours and it coming out perfect. And I would definitely agree pork butt is the way to start. I did my first one with zero rub, seasoning, marinade or anything at all. I kind of assumed my first wouldn't turn out very well (I was wrong!) Even with nothing other than it's own flavors smoked in the Egg, it was awesome. Many more since with a basic rub similar to Byron's Butt Rub. Simple is fine with a pork butt.
    LBGE 2013, SBGE 2014, Mini 2015
    Columbus IN
  • If you want low and slow, this is the recipe I used for my first cook on the Egg:

    At the very least, you should read his advice about building and lighting a fire for a long cook.  Building up fires that way after your periodic clean-outs will, in my admittedly limited experience, mean your lump lasts a lot longer.

    Also, if you're doing low & slow, you don't need a DigiQ/fan setup, but a Maverick ET-732 thermometer is pretty much a must, unless you want to stay up all night.  You can monitor the temps of the Egg at grid and the meat, and set alarms to tell you if your Egg temp is swinging too high/too low and when your meat hits your desired temp.

    [Northern] Virginia is for [meat] lovers.
  • tdub4tdub4 Posts: 99
    Ok...after some reading this morning, I have a couple of more questions: 1) I have seen some discussion around removing/trimming the fat cap. Should I leave some of that on or do I trim it off entirely. I was under the impression some of that melts and provides some juice/flavor. 2) which side goes down on the grill? 3) once you do your rub and injection, do you put it in the fridge overnight? 4) lastly, if it gets done early before it is time to eat, what is the best way to "keep" it?
  • Egghead_DaronEgghead_Daron Posts: 862
    edited May 2013
    You will get varying answers on this but I leave the fat cap on and have it face up. My theory is it does provide good flavor. Some will take it off so that you don't lose any bark. If I have time, I will rub the night before. I have also done it only a few hours before. Both are fine. When it is done, you will want it to rest in foil for at least one hour if not more. So if it is done early, wrap it in foil, then wrap it in towels, and then stick it in a preheated cooler. (FTC) It will stay hot for many hours until you are ready to pull.
    LBGE 2013, SBGE 2014, Mini 2015
    Columbus IN
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