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pal251 06-25-2013 07:46 PM

new pulled pork method
Has anyone tried making pulled pork by cutting a butt into 3 or 4 chunks so there is a greater surface area

cholloway 06-25-2013 07:48 PM

I'll sometimes cut a butt in half so they cook quicker... and get a little more bark.

cpw 06-25-2013 07:51 PM

Pitmaster T did a video about this awhile back. I don't remember the outcome but I know he cut the butt into smaller chunks to get more bark. It seems like it'd be a good idea.

jonmhenderson 06-25-2013 08:28 PM

I've done it using my pellet cooker. You definitely get more outside brown.

JoeMal 06-25-2013 09:13 PM

I've cut mine in half before, for reasons mentioned. Cut down on cooking time and who can complain about more bark!? :twisted:

xbullyx 06-25-2013 09:31 PM

Seems like it would over- all be drier??

Pyle's BBQ 06-26-2013 12:44 AM

The most I would cut it would be in half. And that would be only if it is a full butt. As xbullyx put it it could come out drier than you want.

Manana 06-26-2013 07:12 AM

I suggested this once at another site and got accused of being lazy...but that aside I would think with the fat content of a butt you wouldn't have to worry about dryness. However like others have said I don't think I'd go anymore than half unless it was huge or you really really like bark.

pike51 06-26-2013 08:05 AM

I normally only buy/smoke 1/2 butts and they turn out just fine because I'm not cooking for an army. Just need to pay attention to your cook time.

che22879 06-26-2013 10:04 AM

I cut them in half too. More bark and their done quicker.

DaGoomba 06-26-2013 10:07 AM

I was wondering about cutting the bigger butts in half because the only ones I can find at Costco and Safeway out here are like 17 pounders and huge!! I can't find an 8 or 9 pounder.

midwest_kc 06-26-2013 02:19 PM

Are they 17 lb butt, or 2 8-9 lbs? I know all the costcos I've bought from they sell them as 2 packs in the cryo.

jestridge 06-26-2013 02:46 PM

Bigger the better

oldbill 06-26-2013 04:02 PM

Ya' know? I have a 10lb picnic that I'll be cooking for the fourth and after reading this thread I think I'll half it! The bark gives sooo much flavor and texture after being pulled and mixed in with the meat, so the more bark the better IMO!:thumb:

Tsevg9 06-26-2013 05:12 PM

I cut the last 10lber I had in half. It made for less cooking time, that's for sure. Didn't turn out dry, and more bark was a plus.

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