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Mauricio 01-26-2013 10:47 PM

How many pork butts can handle a 55 gallon UDS?
 
I'm wondering if is possible to load a UDS with 12 pork butts, six on each grate without problems? I imagine that there will be a huge amount of drippings that might turn off the charcoal.
Has anyone made that many?
thanks! :-D

flyingbassman5 01-26-2013 11:11 PM

12!!! Dang!!

Simple answer is no. I can get 8 on mine if I arrange things right and use the lid of my weber kettle.

Now you could do 12 butts if you had 2 drums and did 6 on each. That would be a much easier feat.

biggs98 01-26-2013 11:11 PM

Unless you have like 4lb butts its not going to Happen. I've had 4 8lb butts on 1 grate and they were very tight but once they cooked down they fit perfect

juslearning 01-26-2013 11:14 PM

Won't happen.

Mauricio 01-26-2013 11:17 PM

Thank you! I saw a picture on the big drum smoker site with 6 pork butts on one grate and was thinking about it.
Seems like is time to build a second drum smoker! where I live there are no offset smokers commercially available to manage large cookings.
have a great weekend.

HankB 01-26-2013 11:17 PM

Can you fit three grates in there? It seems like 6 butts on each grate would be tight unless they're small butts. If they're touching each other, they will take longer to cook.

Can you locate some kind of pan between the racks and coals to catch the drippings? I'm not sure if they'll be a problem bit if they land in a pan they can't be a problem.

biggs98 01-26-2013 11:19 PM

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Mauricio 01-26-2013 11:27 PM

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Originally Posted by biggs98 (Post 2343277)

Thanks for posting this image, seems like the more butts you have in there the more humidity in the chamber. With the top grate in place it seems like it could take another 4 butts using a weber lid.

Pugi 01-26-2013 11:29 PM

Best I've done is 80 pounds on 2 grates. I may be able to get more if the sizes were right.

Mauricio 01-26-2013 11:33 PM

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Originally Posted by HankB (Post 2343274)
Can you fit three grates in there? It seems like 6 butts on each grate would be tight unless they're small butts. If they're touching each other, they will take longer to cook.

Can you locate some kind of pan between the racks and coals to catch the drippings? I'm not sure if they'll be a problem bit if they land in a pan they can't be a problem.

Thanks Hank, I will try to fit as many as I can in a single rack, adding a second rack to place a dripping pan is something that I have had in mind a while ago, I preffer to mix the drippings back into the pulled pork. At least I would like to catch some of it.

MaximumJEFF 01-26-2013 11:50 PM

Four 8 pounders per rack is my max too. Butt, the top rack would take forever to cook

Mauricio 01-26-2013 11:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Pugi (Post 2343284)
Best I've done is 80 pounds on 2 grates. I may be able to get more if the sizes were right.

This made me think about the average yield per butt, so I guess you end up with 40 pounds of the finished product on a single session.

Mauricio 01-27-2013 12:03 AM

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Originally Posted by MaximumJEFF (Post 2343299)
Four 8 pounders per rack is my max too. Butt, the top rack would take forever to cook

This has been my main concern since I have to plan ahead the time I will start to have them ready by noon the next day, and leave the UDS free for another load of baby backs.
Seems like I will have to start earlier that I thought and let them rest in a cooler as they are getting done.

Pugi 01-27-2013 12:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Mauricio (Post 2343303)
This made me think about the average yield per butt, so I guess you end up with 40 pounds of the finished product on a single session.

80 pounds was pre cooked weight. I did not weight post cook weight.

pwa 01-27-2013 02:04 AM

Last month I cooked a case(10 butts) on my UDS's I cooked 5 per and think that would be most. I put 3 of the larger ones on the bottom rack and the smallest 2 on the top. I could probably do 6 butts per drum, but would have to select the smaller ones for the top.

pwa


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