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Swine Spectator
08-24-2012, 07:09 AM
I am not a competition cook.

I have entered a few charity events for fun. I have a new one coming up soon that is really small (20 team limit). This event is small, but is sponsored by a local TV personality. I would like to be competitive.

The categories are ribs, butts, chicken, and sausage. I am ready for all of them, except butts. They open the site for set-up at 6 AM and judging is at 4 PM. For the butts, that translates to a sub 8 hour cook. I generally cook my butts for 10-14 hours at 200-225. I tried doing a butt for 8 hours at 275 but the results were not good.

I have never foiled. Would foiling speed my cook time? Should I buy smaller cuts?

Any advice or tips would be a appreciated.

David
The Swine Spectator

Lake Dogs
08-24-2012, 10:29 AM
First, you're competing in a non-sanctioned competition for fun. Without defined rules for things like tenderness, etc. all bets are off. Meaning, do your best and have fun, but dont read anything into your results, because you're going to get willy-nilly judging. Never fails.

Ok, back to your question. You're going to want to go at about 275-300 and I would suggest foiling at that 3-4 hour mark. Even then you'll be crammed at 8 hours. Perhaps find a 7.5-8# butt, see if you cant take it off the fire about an hour early. I'd work REAL hard getting in there at or before 6am and get the fire started before setting up "camp". Try to get the butt on by 7am, off at say 2:45 (with any luck), resting until 3:45 and pull like mad at that time.

Both at sanctioned comps as well as at home, I tend to smoke mine around that 260 mark and I foil, 9=10# butts take me right at 9.5hrs on the smoker.

djqualls
08-24-2012, 05:57 PM
What are the trimming and weight rules for the Butt? Trim trim trim.

Swine Spectator
08-24-2012, 10:09 PM
@ Lake Dogs - Awesome advice! Thanks.

I usually do loooong slow cooks, it allows me to drink beer and avoid the "Honey-Dos" longer. Plus the meat comes out great.

I'll try foiling, but I am generally opposed to it as a practice.

First, you're competing in a non-sanctioned competition for fun. Without defined rules for things like tenderness, etc. all bets are off. Meaning, do your best and have fun, but dont read anything into your results, because you're going to get willy-nilly judging. Never fails.

Amen, brother. If you're not having fun, you shouldn't be there.

David

bignburlyman
08-27-2012, 09:07 AM
One other idea, and at a one day 4 Legs Up cooking class Kelly had us do, is to butterfly the butt along the bone and lay it out to cook. It gives more surface area for rub, and more bark, with a less dense chunk of meat so it cooks faster.

CBQ
08-27-2012, 09:48 AM
Use a boneless butt and splay it out. Foil is your friend.

TELL YOU WHAT BBQ
08-27-2012, 06:24 PM
I usually do loooong slow cooks, it allows me to drink beer and avoid the "Honey-Dos" longer.

ROGER, that!:clap2: