Big Green Egg - EGGhead Forum - The Ultimate Cooking Experience...
Welcome to the EGGhead Forum - a great place to visit and packed with tips and EGGspert advice! You can also join the conversation and get more information and amazing kamado recipes by following Big Green Egg at:

Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Pinterest  |  Youtube  |  Vimeo
Share your photos by tagging us and using the hashtag #EGGhead4Life.

In Atlanta? Come visit Big Green Egg headquarters, including our retail showroom, the History of the EGG Museum and Culinary Center!  3786 DeKalb Technology Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30340.

slow cooking boston butts

baehmanbaehman Posts: 13
edited 2:40PM in EggHead Forum
I have 2 8.5lb butts on a large egg. Temp is at 225 with a BBQ Guru. I put it on last night at 9:00pm. the butt is at 168 25 hrs later. I did check it doesn't look done. Do I just wait it out? Any help would be helpful.


  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    holy cr^p.

    what is 268, the butt or the egg?

    if the dome is at 225, then there's no way in hell the butt is 268 unless you are screwing with us, or your thermometer is toast.

    i have to ask... by "wait it out" what could that mean? wait until.... what?

    it's done. it's likely way overdone. but it's hard to screw up a butt.

    take its temp. it's gonna be over 200 easily. which means it was done a while ago.

    seriously, though, are you seriously being serious, or just seriously being goofy?
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • baehmanbaehman Posts: 13
    sorry guys the butt is at 168.
  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    Is the 225 the Guru set temp? What is your dome temp?

    Sounds like your fire might have gone out or really dropped in temp.

    Som'en ain't right.
  • baehmanbaehman Posts: 13
    That's the thing the temp is holding at 225 all day the dome temp which uses the egg temp is at 235. I just checked and the butt is at 172. 25 hrs later
  • Big PapaBig Papa Posts: 220
    something is wrong. no way it would take 24 hours.
    you sure your thermometer is calibrated?

    personaly never heard of it taking that long.

    always a 1st:)
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    Where exactly is the pit probe connected.

  • loco_engrloco_engr Posts: 3,673
    What's the latest on your dilemma?
  • baehmanbaehman Posts: 13
    The pit prob is attached to the BGE Thermometer. It is almost 7 am the butt temp is 191. I checked it trough out the night the temp always stayed constant. I have plenty of lump left. I will take pictures and keep everyone posted at how it turned out. It looks good. I even checked the butt temp with a thermo pen, the temps were the same. This is my 3rd boston Butt cook. They have all turned out wonderful. I should have a good lunch. 36 hrs later....
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597

    didn't mean to sound sarcastic.

    it's been on a loooong time. i'm thinking maybe your dome thermometer is off and reading falsely low, or the meat thermo is off. can you double check? maybe stick the meat thermo in the dome to cross check?
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    225 is a little low. was the "pit" temp the temp of the dome or at the grid?

    if it's dome temp, then 225 dome is like 200 grate, and it will take a long time to get the meat to the same temp
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    I see what could be the issue. If your Guru pit probe is attached to the BGE dome thermometer, and your dome/pit temp is 235, then your grid temp is around 200-210* which is really not hot enough. As Stike said, it's hard to get a butt internal temp to 200* when the air temp around it is 200 or 210*.

    I attach my Guru pit probe (alligator clip) to my meat probe about 2 inches back from the meat, in an attempt to regulate the air close to the meat. My dome temp (calibrated) usually runs about 20-25* higher than the Guru pit probe. Makes sense as hot air rises and the dome is higher than the grid.

    The butt should be great eating, just a long time cooking!
  • OttawaEggOttawaEgg Posts: 283

    if you put the butts on at 9pm the previous night, and posted your message at 11:24 PM the following night...

    .... doing the math...

    That's about 12 1/2 hours... out of the 17 hours projected that it should take (so long as they're not packed in close together).

    2 hours / pound X 8.5 = 17 hours +/- an hour.

    Which means the butts should have been done around 2-3am.

    Is there an update??
  • baehmanbaehman Posts: 13
    Here is the result. It was great It did take along time to get to 195. 35hr cook that is a long time to wait and smell the goods. I let it rest for 3 hrs. You might be right on the temp. It might have been a little low. I will try putting the clip a couple of inches back of the food prob like you said. Like so many have posted before its done when its done. The amazing thing is I still had plenty of lump left.
Sign In or Register to comment.
Click here for Forum Use Guidelines.