Originally Posted by ironmanerik
I thought a fatty was mandatory for breaking the seal!
Nope... No... Wrong!
TWO naked fatties is mandatory for breaking in a new smoker!
As mentioned, pork butt is a forgiving cook, but it can take a while. At 275 a pork butt will typically take 75 minutes per pound.
Baby backs or St. Louis trimmed spares are a good compromise. They only take 4-5 hours so you get some practice with fire management.