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Crap! Butt done way too early..suggestions?

Hogman348Hogman348 Posts: 68
edited September 2012 in EggHead Forum
Well when they say a butt can take 1.5-2 hours per pound i have now experienced the shorter side of the scale. The last 2 butts I have done, all usually 9 lbs'ers have taken around 18 hours at 250-270 dome. Keeping that in mind and planning on people coming over for dinner at 6 tonight (Sunday) I didnt want the butt to run long so I started it a little early at 9 pm last night. I figured it would be done anywhere from 2-4pm then cooler till ready.

Well its 8:30, egg was at stuck at 250 dome all night, and now butts at 189. Rising slow, but may only have about an hour or so left (hopefully longer) till i am ready. Any suggestions on what to do to make it till company arrives? Everyone always mentions you can cooler it for around 4 hours, which is now my plan. But i dont want to avoid it drying out the best possible. When do you suggest I take it out of the cooler and pull it?

Thanks for he the help. Chalk this one up to the learning process.

Woodstock, GA


  • mokadirmokadir Posts: 115
    You can lower the dome temp a bit to slow the finish. I would wrap up tight and cooler it and not pull early. You could try "charging" the cooler first with some hot water before adding the pork.
    Delaware Valley, PA Large BGE, CGS adjustable rig, iQue110, High-Que grate
  • good idea about the cooler charging. im working on getting the dome temp down. butt at 190 so still a ways to go at this pace. 

    is it ok for the butt to stay in the cooler more than 4 hours? 6 hours? how does that effect the outcome?
    Woodstock, GA
  • Lower your dome temp, FTC it will keep for 6 hours if you want it to. No worries.

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  • thanks for the help. just in a bit of panic this morning. slowed down the cook and just took it off the grill now at 196 and wrapped it in the cooler. looked and smelled amazing. dinner in about 4 hours.


    btw-- this is my girlfriends first cook on the egg start to finish. A couple pointers from me (and the forum this morning) but she ran the show. I told her the secret will be out that its actually not that hard. lol
    Woodstock, GA
  • awesome. thx
    Woodstock, GA
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