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Unread 11-13-2011, 09:21 AM   #1
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Question Will a full UDS cook much slower

This Tuesday night I am cooking 45 lbs of pork butt. I can fit 4 butts per UDS on one shelf. Will that much meat smoke/cook much slower than if I just had one butt. If so how much longer should I expect?
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The most I have ever done is 6. That was 3 per rack. I did four once on just the top rack. They both took about the same amount of time, but if you do 4 on each it might get tricky.

When I did 3 and 3, there was enough space between the butts on the bottom to allow heat to travel up to the top. When I did 4 on the top rack I noticed that my lid temp stayed very low for a few hours. That was because the butts were blocking most of the heat from reaching the lid. After they cooked a while and shrank up some then the lid temp went to where it normally was at that setting.

The only real concern I would have would be the butts on the top rack spending too much time in the "Danger Zone" of meat temperature. But I was cooking 9 lb butts. If you can get some that are 7-8 lbs it might work.
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They are 6-8 lbs/piece. So will have 4 in 1 UDS and 3 in the other.

My one UDS is a double shelf but was worried bottom shelf would be done way before top so going with 2 UDS operation.
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There are lots of variables with UDS. I cooked 6 same size you are doing, on two shelf's in my UDS which is 12" taller than most UDS,at 250 with a water pan. It took an extra hour compared to single rack with two butts. Some were done in 11 hours the rest around 12 hours. I think that much meat voulume dose cool the UDS at the onset and then it all works the same once it is all warmed up.
I would give myself a little extra time because that many will hold in a cooler for 3 to 4 hours easily and you can relax and enjoy the coming glory of your awesome efforts!!!! Good luck with your cook!
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Woops! My mistake, I misread. Thought you were doing them all on one.
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I tried to cook 2 packers just one on each cooking grate.

I had a hard time getting my temps high enough.
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Make sure the UDS is up to temp. The biggest thing is airflow.

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I squeezed 6 -10 pound shoulders on on mine by standing them on edge. MOre balancing them. It was a tight fit. Biggest thing was it taking much longer to get back up to temp once once the meat went on. That is a lot of mass to heat up.
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I did 4 eight pounders last weekend, It worked real well, may I suggest getting them to 165 then putting in foil pans and dousing with apple juice for the remainder, I've done this 4 times now and my shoulders have been just prefect, so, if you do this run both uds's as trays take up room.
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