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First Butt-Any Tweaking?

TigerDunesTigerDunes Posts: 38
edited 6:22AM in EggHead Forum
I know I probably did not cook this butt correctly but I was wondering if there is anything I can do to tweak the smoking to make outcome as good as possible.

6 1/2 lb Boston Butt bone-in with dry rub a mixture of seasonings from the cabinet.

I should have added some flavoring chips but did not because not awake or organized at this early hour.

I placed the Butt fat side up on the grill-figured that the fat burning off would help keep butt moist. correct or not?

still learning about time and temp. placed butt on about 8 AM. BGE temp over 500 but when opened dropped quickly to around 325 degrees for first hour. then gradually down to about 250 degrees where it sits now. I am checking temp every hour and trying to maintain 240-250 range. too hot or OK?

any suggestions? I want to open up and take a look but under penalty of death from family members has me a little nervous.

thanks for reading and all help is appreciated.

Happy Fourth to all!


  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,407
    Your range of 240-250 is good, Don't open, just let the magic happen. If you're looking you ain't cooking. I'm not picky when it comes to fat up or down. I just throw em on. Not sure why you started a 500 for a low n slo cook. :unsure:
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  • DON'T OPEN IT. Sorry, didn't mean to yell, but everytime you open it, your cook just gets longer. Everything else sounds good to me. One suggestion I can make is when you know you are egging something early in the morning, get the egg all loaded up with charcoal and wood chunks the night before - this has helped me alot in the past.

    I agree with Molly, no matter on which way the fat goes in there.

    Good luck with it and Happy 4th!
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    3 Large, 2 Smalls, 1 well-used Mini
  • TigerDunesTigerDunes Posts: 38
    should I add more charcoal? I just took a reading and temp was between 230 and 240. I doubt this temp can be maintained without adding some more.

    when to open up, take a look, and a butt temp reading?

    5 PM would be right at 9 hours.

  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    You will be fine. Check the internal temp every once in awhile until time to take it off(195-200). It will stay warm wrapped in foil on the countertop for 2 hours, or in a cooler for 4. Enjoy, & happy 4th.
  • TigerDunesTigerDunes Posts: 38
    Thank you for your replies and for building my confidence....
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