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First long cook - pork butts

CJCJ Posts: 20
edited 7:22AM in EggHead Forum
Nothing fancy, just two 6.5lb pork butts.

Before:

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After:

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Turned out great, but I learned some important lessons:

1.) Took longer than expected, something like 14 hours. I had some difficulty maintaining temperature towards the end, which I think was largely due to not enough lump.

2.) I also need to invest in a Maverick probe set; after watching me have to go out there time and time again my wife agreed that its worth the money.

3.) I finally pulled it off at 2:30AM with the thermometer at around 185*, thinking that it may have all been for nothing and needing to get some sleep. To my surprise, it pulled like cotton candy and is just about the best BBQ I've ever had (and that's saying something...)

The egg sure does make a good cook out of a person :)

Comments

  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,407
    Nice! You'll only improve :)
    Molly
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  • That is awesome. Thanks for sharing
  • Get a GURU, which is much better than the Maverick.

    It's a great Christmas present.

    My 2 cents.

    Greg
  • I agree the Guru digiQII is awesome. Good luck with your choice.
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    YUMMEE LOOKIN Q! :)
  • rsmdalersmdale Posts: 2,472
    If you did'nt work at it it would not be bbq.


    GOOD EATS AND GOOD FRIENDS

    DALE
  • Meat looks great. Glad it pulled so well for you as well at that temp. I agree witht he other guys get a Guru. I don't use it all the time but for low and slows like that its worth every penny. I work shift work and sleep is hard to get. Also since days and nights are the same to me if I get wake up good at night I'm up for a while then. With Guru I set it. Go to bed about 11:00 and sleep till 8 0r 9:00 and never get up to check.
  • ibandaibanda Posts: 549
    You might either make one yourself out of a coat hanger or buy a wiggle rod (check with thirdeye on this site). They are helpful on long cooks. After a long cook ash accumulates on the fire grate and you wiggle the stick up through the bottom vent and it will increase airflow and help keep temps up. Cheap and easy fix.
    "Bacon tastes gooood, pork chops taste gooood." - Vincent Vega, Pulp Fiction
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  • NoVA BillNoVA Bill Posts: 3,005
    Today I saw the maveri on sale for $30 - just goolge maverick et-73 it should come up.

    Nice cook.
  • They look great! 14 hours sounds right for 13 pounds worth of pork shoulder. I am with you about holding the temp and I am looking into getting a Guru for my long cooks.

    Happy BBQ!
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