Last night I stopped at my local Lowes Foods and while in the meat department I noticed that they were having a sale on Boston butt for 99 cents a pound. Know that's a good price, I look into the cooler and see these monstrously large Boston butts. The smallest one was 8.5 pounds. I started to reach in to grab a few when it dawned on me that if this hunk of meat took 1.5 hours per pound that I was looking at a 12 hour cook time. For me, running the smoker for 12 hours is longer than I like and one of the reasons I don't do brisket that often. So I stopped myself from grabbing one and continued my shoppping.
The problem is that it's been over 12 hours and I'm still thinking about those hunks of meat. If I get one, I'll have to go to bed early on Friday and get up around 8:00 on a Saturday, something I don't usually do.
So, I've posted a poll and I'd like everyone's opinion.
06-18-2013 10:05 AM
Do it! I try to find butts that are at least 9 lbs. I don't like cooking the smaller butts. If you don't have a vac-u-sucker, get one of those, too! :D
Cook it at 270 or hotter to cut down the cook time. Just watch the bark color and is it is getting too dark foil it.
06-18-2013 10:06 AM
I posted before you got your poll up :shock:
Don't cut it down. Just cook hotter.
06-18-2013 10:08 AM
If your smoker can run at least 10-12 hours on its own...
Fire it up... and put it on when you have your pit stabilized just before bedtime.
That timing is good enough for competitions during afternoon turn-ins.
06-18-2013 10:09 AM
Do what I did: start that bad boy Friday night, and check it Saturday morning.
06-18-2013 10:12 AM
^^^Yep, cook hotter and faster or cut'em down, no reason to loose sleep over it all.
06-18-2013 10:15 AM
you can also make it as pork steaks, or sausage. Or buckboard bacon
dont F around.
06-18-2013 10:18 AM
What I find sad is that he had to even THINK about it in the first place. Unless his freezers were already full (Still got 4 butts from the last 99 cent deal here a few months ago in the double cryo packs in the deep freeze).
06-18-2013 10:19 AM
Originally Posted by deguerre
What I find sad is that he had to even THINK about it in the first place.
aint that the truth HA
06-18-2013 10:39 AM
What are you cooking on Grimbo? Is there not anyway you can set your smoker up around midnight and then get some sleep for a few hours?
06-18-2013 10:42 AM
That's why I love my USD lock the temp load it before going to bed and have it ready the next day. If you don`t have something you can lock your temp like that just use higher heat like Ron L recommends. I only use the larger ones myself and vacuum seal the left overs and I grab extras when that cheap to make Brats and breakfast sausage.
06-18-2013 11:02 AM
Don't you own a stoker? Put that bad boy to work! Stock up on 99 cent butts!
06-18-2013 11:08 AM
Have you bought them yet?
06-18-2013 11:43 AM
I thought that an 8.5lb was a normal sized butt and the 4-6lb ones were the small ones.