Big Green Egg - EGGhead Forum - The Ultimate Cooking Experience...
Welcome to the EGGhead Forum - a great place to visit and packed with tips and EGGspert advice! You can also join the conversation and get more information and amazing kamado recipes by following Big Green Egg at:

Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Pinterest  |  Youtube  |  Vimeo
Share your photos by tagging us and using the hashtag #EGGhead4Life.

In Atlanta? Come visit Big Green Egg headquarters, including our retail showroom, the History of the EGG Museum and Culinary Center!  3786 DeKalb Technology Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30340.

40 pounds of Boston Butt on a Large BGE...

edited December 2018 in EggHead Forum
I have been asked to cook 4-10 pound butts for an event on Saturday and I just have one large BGE. 

Can i I take the fire ring out and turn the plate setter upside down with a grate for my first layer? My plan for the next layer is to use bricks and put another grate for the remaining  2 butts. 

How long should it take with this set-up?
can i do it in one burn?

Please only post if you have done something similar to this before. 


  • BattlebornBattleborn Posts: 1,002
    While I haven't done that much, it can be done. I would leave the fire ring in, put 3 of the butts on the first grid. Use some bolts, nuts and washers to make a raised grid and put the other on that one. 
    The one on top will cook a little quicker, the three on the bottom will cook around the same time together .
    Las Vegas, NV
    LG BGE, off-set smoker & various Weber's 
  • Kent8621Kent8621 Posts: 716
    i would do 2 turbo and then hold them in a cooler while you do the other 2, i have done that before and it came out fine but makes it hard to do overnights doing it that way.

    2 Large Eggs - Madison, AL

    Boiler Up!!

  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 4,780
    You have that thing in the kitchen with knobs that is a great assistant in a pinch...if you can't do 2 layers in the egg, get a couole hiurs of smoke on 2 if them , then go indoors 225 and toss the other 2 on the out fine 
    Visalia, Ca
  • I have done 4 butts at a time many times with the adjustable rig.  Two per level.  Takes about the same amount of time as one of the same size.  Maybe just a bit longer.  Put a probe in as many as you can, as they don't necessarily cook at the same speed.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 24,620
    these were 8 pounders and the double brisket layer takes up more room.  rogue setup, used a pan for indirect, no platesetter, went 14 hours around 235 dome temp. very hard to get a good reading of dome temps with all that cold meat in there, you need to stabilize the egg temps and trust it for many hours

    Image result for 32 pounds fishlessman

    also go boneless, easier to shape them to fit


  • minniemohminniemoh Posts: 2,128
    Make sure you have a large enough drip pan for all the grease from 40# of pork butts.
    L x2, M, S, Mini and a Blackstone 36. She says I have enough now....
    eggAddict from MN!
  • GrillSgtGrillSgt Posts: 2,507
    I’m thinking you could arrange 3 in a triangle somewhat open and lay a grate on top of that for your 4th. Or not. 
    Woodford & Barren Co. KY

    LBGE, XLBGE, Smobot, 2 Weber Genesis, Weber 22" kettle

    I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize
    Temperance, like chastity, is it’s own punishment. 
Sign In or Register to comment.
Click here for Forum Use Guidelines.