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SimondsBBQ 09-02-2013 10:52 AM

To wrap or not to wap
To wrap or not to wrap. This is my question. I'm using a BWS that is putting plenty of steam into my 4 big butts. It's my first time smoking butts on the backwoods so I figured I get your ideas. Thanks.

El Ropo 09-02-2013 10:58 AM

Everyone has their preference. I personally never wrap anything. I have used a drip pan under meat to keep it from snuffing out the fire in my UDS. Cooking a couple butts hot n fast generates a virtual rain storm of drippings during the shortened stall period.

bbq.tom 09-02-2013 11:11 AM

I've tried smoking both with and without wrapping.
I'll never smoke again without wrapping.

archer75 09-02-2013 11:13 AM

I've never wrapped a butt and they've always been fall apart tender and very moist.

Today i'm smoking a brisket and i'll wrap that for my first time.

Smokesignalsfromtx 09-02-2013 11:27 AM

I guess it's your preference. I too use a BWS and I don't wrap. Still tender and juicy!! Try for your self. Wrap 2 of them and see...

Hal4UK 09-02-2013 11:36 AM

No need to wrap em. Just let em roll.

DeepElemCue 09-02-2013 11:40 AM

I wrapped my brisket in parchment for the first time today. Won't go back to foil.

SmittyJonz 09-02-2013 11:41 AM

Wrap 2 in Bacon............ :mrgreen:

SimondsBBQ 09-02-2013 12:03 PM

Bacon sounds good actually:). Seems like there's some differences in opinion. I'll make it an experiment. Wrap 2 and let 2 ride. Thanks for the input.

SmittyJonz 09-02-2013 12:06 PM

Wrap one in foil, one in butcher paper, one in palm leaves and let 1 ride.......then report back with pics.

MeatCandy 09-02-2013 12:40 PM

Wrapping Ribs and Butts can give you more control on the final product as you get closer to the end of your cook...
When my cook gets close to "done" I check the texture of the meat and determine what it needs...1 hour, 1/2 hour or let it ride...It goes along with idea of adjusting your cook time, temp and plan based on the many changing variables during the cook...

So to ask: Foil or Not? It depends on how the meat is cooking and the texture of it as it gets close to "done"...this needs to be assessed as you near the finish line...

...I think foil widens the "window of done-ness" with little downside...

Long story short...Foil..

LMAJ 09-02-2013 12:53 PM

Foil 2, leave to naked... you decide which you like better

Hal4UK 09-02-2013 01:22 PM


Originally Posted by SmittyJonz (Post 2610220)
Wrap one in foil, one in butcher paper, one in palm leaves and let 1 ride.......then report back with pics.

Dat's funny :wink:

SimondsBBQ 09-02-2013 01:32 PM

I got a couple of little experiments going. Wrapped 2 and the others are soaking up the backwoods steam. I'm amazed at just how juicy the bark looks on the BWS. I love my BGE BUT........I think she"s getting jealous. I got 2 pork butts with yardboys rub, 1 with spicewine dust and 1 with mine. Not sure if it will make that much difference but we will see.

pitbossJB 09-02-2013 03:58 PM

I've never wrapped butts, but my last brisket I wrapped in paper and I liked it very much and will do again.

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