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Help....Butts in trouble???

Smokin' JacketSmokin' Jacket Posts: 62
edited 2:16PM in EggHead Forum
My day has not gone quite as I 4 Boston butts have been on the egg since about 2:30 this afternoon. I had to breakout a new dome thermometer for the cook and I am not sure it is reading correctly. I calibrated the thermometer in boiling water prior to the cook. I settled the egg at about 250 for about 20 minutes, then I put on about 30 lbs of butt and the dome temperature dropped, as expected to about 100 degrees.

As I mentioned in an earlier post today, I had my daughters high school graduation tonight. When we left for the graduation ceremony at about 4:00 the dome was only about 110.

I got back home at about 11:15 tonight...dome temp read only 150....I put a thermometer in each of the butts....all of them read between 158 & 162.

I have no idea if I have a bad thermometer???or if the dome temp ever reached 250 again??? is theis trash???HELP


  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    I'm guessing your dome therm is touching your butts. There is no way you can have your meat temp less than the dome, unless your fire has gone out. -RP
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    I meant meat temp more than your dome. -RP
  • DUH!!! Thanks...I am sure that is exactly what the problem if I am at about 160 internal meat temp after nine hours...are they cooking to fast.

    I am heading back to check my dome temp, but it seems awful fast to 160. what does this mean in the grand scheme of things ....are these butts going to be ok?
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    Relax, have another brew, you really can't screw up butts no matter what you do. Wow, that's poetic! -RP
  • sounds like music to my ears...thanks for your help
  • civil eggineercivil eggineer Posts: 1,547
    The butt temps will settle around 160 to 170 degrees for hours! I mean like four hours? Keep your dome temps around 250 and let the magic work.
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