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Boshizzle 10-24-2012 07:47 PM

Chucky Side by Side Throwdown: Butcher Paper vs. Foil!
Chucky is on sale at a local market so I decided to pick up a couple and do a little side by side comparison of one cooked wrapped in butcher paper (BP) and another in foil. These two were cooked as close to old Virginia style as I can get right now. Here are the details.

The Cooker: Bubba Keg
The Meat: Two ~2.5 pound chuckies
Rub: Salt & Pepper
Smoke: Oak Chunks
Temp: 300*-325*
Cook time before wrapping: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook time after wrapping: ~2 hours
Done: When the meat probed like buttah
Rest: 30 minutes

Here is a side by side while resting.

The BP wrapped chucky.

The foil wrapped chucky.

And, especially at this time of year, beware of the ravages of vegetarianism!

Side by side before slicing and chopping. BP wrapped on left, foil wrapped on right.

BP wrapped chucky sliced and chopped.

Foil wrapped chucky sliced and chopped.

BP sliced and chopped on left. Foil sliced and chopped on right.


Both were delicious!

The BP wrapped chucky most certainly had a firmer bark.

The foil wrapped chucky took about 20 minutes less cook time to reach the target tenderness.

Ultimately, you can't go wrong either way. But, if you like a little more chew in the bark, the BP is the way to go.

Thanks for looking!

MisterChrister 10-24-2012 07:49 PM

Dude, another KILLER science-experiment with beautiful food. Thanks!

pigdog 10-24-2012 08:55 PM

It looked like the foil wrapped was more moist. Would you concur? Thanks, good stuff...

Boshizzle 10-24-2012 09:07 PM

There was some very minor differences in moisture content between the foiled and BP wrapped. But, based on past cooks, I'm not sure that it can't be atrributed to the differences in the meat itself.

More trials are called for, darn it! :laugh:

superdan 10-24-2012 09:08 PM

I love science.

fingerlickin' 10-24-2012 10:36 PM

That sound great Bo, can't wait to see pics tomorrow. This not being able to see your pictures thing is really chapping my arse.

JS-TX 10-24-2012 10:40 PM

Cool, thanks for posting this experiment!

wct 10-24-2012 11:24 PM

Another great job Bo! Thanks for sharing.

RevZiLLa 10-24-2012 11:28 PM

Two roads diverged in the woods, but they both led to an awesome place. Of course, Boshizzle just walked through the woods and ignored the roads...and got to an awesome place!

neuyawk 10-25-2012 06:26 AM

You sir are Da MAN!!!! I've been wanting to do this same experiment for a while but cop out from sheer laziness.

1Cavman 10-25-2012 06:52 AM

Interesting side by side.
Never wrapped with butcher paper. Gonna have to try it out.
Thanks for sharing

Al Czervik 10-25-2012 08:24 AM

Great post B-Shiz... Both look very tasty! :mrgreen:

deguerre 10-25-2012 08:28 AM


You sure turned out some nice product from two SMALL chucks. Looks GOOD and moist from here.

code3rrt 10-25-2012 08:40 AM

I'm really feeling for ya Bo.........taking on such a tedious, pain staking, laborious task......such self sacrifice and dedication for the Brethren:heh:.

Kidding aside, Thanks a bunch, interesting side by side and some great lookin food....winner winner dinner!

Clayfish 10-25-2012 09:05 AM

That's a great comparison, thanks for posting.

For those of us outside the US, is the paper waxed/siliconed or not, and/or can you provide a link to a retailer's description so we can find similar products where we live?

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