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Long Butts

BamaEGGBamaEGG Posts: 170
edited 3:59PM in EggHead Forum
I dont get it. The last 4 or 5 butts I have cooked have run really long. I put a 7 lb butt on last night. In another hour and 45 minutes it will have been on for 14 hours and the internal temp is sitting at 162. This means it is a long way from finishing. Possibly even pushing 20 hours. I trust the stoker and it seems to be keeping the temp stable at 225. I have stirred the coals one time about 20 minutes ago just to make sure that I hadn't burned a column through the lump.

I wasn't planning on having it till dinner but wow.


  • BuckdodgerBuckdodger Posts: 948
    The last butt I did was a little over 7# and it took a little over 15 hrs. I do mine at 250 dome and i had mine hang at around 165 for a long time, then it shot up to 190* real fast. Wrapped it at 200* internal.
    Alex City, Al

    Alexander City,Al
  • Celtic WolfCeltic Wolf Posts: 9,773
    225 dome or grate? If that is 225 dome it will take a very long time to reach 195. Bump the temp up to 250.

    If that is the grate temp then patience grasshopper. It will be done when it is done. :)
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817

    Go to 250* for sure. Once it breaks the plateau you can go higher.



    Caledon, ON


  • BENTEBENTE Posts: 8,337
    bump the temp up to 250 that is what i did yesterday

    and everything turned out ok ;)


    happy eggin


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  • SGT BBQSGT BBQ Posts: 190
    My last couple also took a long time. The good thing is that it will be worth the wait.
  • pearlbeerpearlbeer Posts: 4
    Wait. I like to leave mine on for 20+ hours as low as possible. The temp plateau for butt is seriously long. You'll go up to 150-160 faster than you think, and then stick there for 6+ hours before you start creeping up again. Lots of collegen to break down.
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