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Butt cook...

SuperDaveSuperDave Posts: 319
edited 3:37PM in EggHead Forum
I put two 5 pound butts on at 7p.m. for pulled pork tomorrow around 1:00. I can't get the egg under 280º![p] Got a full load of lump just over the middle of the fire ring, Fire's been going about 3 hours and is at 280 or so and just about got the vents shut completly off. Anyone with an idea of whats going on? I'm pretty sure the dome is sealing right, gasket isn't leaking smoke.. ??[p] About 1/4 inch on the draft door, and 1/16" on the daisy wheel....Any clues?[p]


  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    SuperDave[p]That sounds about right for those settings. Butts should be ready to sample for breakfast. How much lower do you want to go?[p]~thirdeye~

    Happy Trails

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
  • SuperDaveSuperDave Posts: 319
    I was hoping to keep them in the 250º range so they would go 14 to 16 hours... I don't plan on staying up all night with them so I'll probably not get them down to the 225~245º range... don't want to fret about the fire going out.
    They are running about 260º currently and progressing nicely.[p] I'll call it a night once it hits 270º and let the sanman keep an eye on them till morning!
    Thanks for the reply... I didn't want to let them go too fast. How long do they need in the cooler? 2 or 3 hours?[p]Thanks!

  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    SuperDave,[p]They will need at least an hour of cooler time, but 2 or 3 won't hurt at all. It is a good idea to have a solid pit temp going before catching some sleep. If you wake this morning and find your target temp is nearing, you can ramp the fire down if you need to exrtend your cook. 14 to 16 hours is a long time for a 5# butt.[p]I'm about to put a butt and picnic on myself.[p]~thirdeye~

    Happy Trails

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
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