Has anyone tried making pulled pork by cutting a butt into 3 or 4 chunks so there is a greater surface area
06-25-2013 08:48 PM
I'll sometimes cut a butt in half so they cook quicker... and get a little more bark.
06-25-2013 08:51 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.
06-25-2013 09:28 PM
I've done it using my pellet cooker. You definitely get more outside brown.
06-25-2013 10:13 PM
I've cut mine in half before, for reasons mentioned. Cut down on cooking time and who can complain about more bark!? :twisted:
06-25-2013 10:31 PM
Seems like it would over- all be drier??
06-26-2013 01:44 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.
06-26-2013 08:12 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.
06-26-2013 09:05 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.
06-26-2013 11:04 AM
I cut them in half too. More bark and their done quicker.
06-26-2013 11:07 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.
06-26-2013 03:19 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.
06-26-2013 03:46 PM
Bigger the better
06-26-2013 05:02 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:
06-26-2013 06:12 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.