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butt advice please

otisdogotisdog Posts: 187
edited 5:14PM in EggHead Forum
I just got home with 4 7lb butts. I need to cook three for an event Saturday but I'm thinking of putting the 4th on just in case the crowd exceeds my expectations.
I have a large with no extender or guru. I expect three butts to cook about like 1 (all I've cooked so far) but I'm concerned about the impact on cook time and temp control of crowding on four. Should I be?


  • KokemanKokeman Posts: 819
    It will be the same as 1.
    I just used a old grill and some threaded rod and nuts to get a second level. I used stainless steel. They get coated the first cook so plain steel should be fine. just don't use galvanized.
  • Celtic WolfCeltic Wolf Posts: 9,773
    It can be done, but I would recommend against it without some type of temp control. You will be up all night chasing temps.

    You should do what Kokeman suggest and build a 2nd tier.

    With enough separation plan the cook on the heaviest, and start checking based on the lightest.
  • KnaufKnauf Posts: 337
    Leave space between the butts and the circulation will keep the cook time to about 1.5-2 hours per pound at about 275 dome.
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