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Unread 07-19-2013, 05:42 AM   #1
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Default New to Q, suggestions for cooking for a family

I'm not exactly new to bbq, having grilled stuff for many years, but I'm new to slow and low q cooking. Just taken delivery of a weber kettle and have family coming to stay for a few days. Looking for a simple recipe to cook low and slow with coals to one side and meat over a dish on the other side. Need to feed 8 people.

What would be your foolproof recipe ideas for this.

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Pulled pork from a bone-in Boston butt is about as foolproof as you can get.
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^^^what he said or a spatchcock chicken ( hole chicken that has been split along the back bone) both are good to start out with.
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Thanks. Now, being English (despite 4 years in Texas) is a Boston Butt a pork shoulder?

Do you cook slowly until the center hits 71C/160F?
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Yes Boston butt is the top portion of the front leg of pig just above the picnic. Just rub it down with some mustard and if u don't have a spice rub u can use McCormick sweet and spicy it's pretty good and throw it on at 225-250 for about an 1-1.5 hours a lb and let it go till internal of 165 wrap in foil or butcher paper with about 1/2c apple juice and let it go until internal of 195-205 your looking for probing like butter stage. It's done when there is no resistance or the bone slides out clean. Meat is done by feel not by temp I start checking for doneness at 195 I usually find they are done between 195-205
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Thanks very much for that, I'll give the pork shoulder a go.

Looking at making a charcoal snake or just load one side of the kettle and light the charcoal at one end of it and let it burn across the pile.
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The "snake" method will give you more consistent temps through the cook, but either method will work.
I've used this set-up to get cooking temps of 255 +/- 5 degrees for eight to ten hours, worked great for my brisket, should work for pork butt just fine.

I place a shallow pan on top of the brick, under the cooking grate for the drippings.
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Pulled pork from a bone-in Boston butt is about as foolproof as you can get.
I think that's an excellent choice as well! Since you're a first timer I would suggest giving it about three hours of smoke and then wrapping it in foil for the remainder of the cook to hold in moisture. Kettles can get a little hot and the foil will act as a protective barrier. For a little extra flavor you may also want to drizzle a little butter and honey on the meat along with a little of your favorite rub before foiling. Start probing it for tenderness at about 195 F.. Pork shoulder will be very tender when it's done and that is usually around the 200 F. mark but not always. It's best to go by feel. Good Luck!!!
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I'm not exactly new to bbq, having grilled stuff for many years, but I'm new to slow and low q cooking. Just taken delivery of a weber kettle and have family coming to stay for a few days. Looking for a simple recipe to cook low and slow with coals to one side and meat over a dish on the other side. Need to feed 8 people.

What would be your foolproof recipe ideas for this.

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I re-read your post and realized that you needed an entire recipe! So to emend my first answer I'll add the following... Trim the fat layer down to about 1/4 of an inch and slather the entire butt with some olive oil. The oil will help your rub stick and activate the spices. Apply your favorite rub liberally and allow the rub to liquefy for about 30 min. to an hour. Then you're ready to put your pork shoulder on the grill! After that my first post should pretty much cover the rest! Again... Good Luck!
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Apple wood chunks are good with pork butt (don't soak them or wet them).
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Nothing to add here if you're going with a butt, other than DON'T PULL IT TOO SOON! That goes for both removing from the cooker too early, and actually pulling(shredding) the meat. Don't go by internal temp to see if done^re read above posts about cooking by feel not time and temp!^
These are rookie mistakes, just resist the urge and you'll be fine. It's done when it probes like buddah. Pull the pork when it's rested long enough(in the foil)to handle without burning your hands. If you do it too soon it'll dry out on you. After resting, pull and add the juices left in the foil back to the meat for more moisture.

One more thing, plan on it taking longer than expected so start cookin early. Figure 1hr/1lb. average and pad that time. You can always hold it in an over until dinner if it's done early, but you can't get it done faster while hungry guests chomp on cheese and crackers while glaring at you because they're wanting dinner. Good luck!

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I will throw another easy forgiving piece of meat out there, Meatloaf... Very forgiving of temp, on your first low and slow you will not be out there all day like a butt..

Have your wife whip up her favorite meatloaf.. Place indirect, at 150 throw a glaze of sauce on top, pull 165.. Simple delicious.
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This isn't really all that low and slow, but I've been loving it and so has the fam. It's REALLY hard to mess up.

Get some plain chicken drumsticks. I rub them down with a little EVOO, salt and pepper. Garlic powder if you like that. Try to get it under the skin when you can.

Light about 2/3 of a chimney until it's maybe half lit. Pile the coals off to one side, lid vent on the opposite side. Put a good size chunk of apple wood on the coals. Drop your probe on the cool side of the grate. Put the lid on, vent wide open. Start with your bottom vent maybe half open, adjust it as necessary. Try to catch the temps on the way up, anywhere between 320 and 375 worked ok for me.

Once you've got it to the right temp and there's some nice smoke coming out of your top vent, drop the drumsticks on the cool side. Make sure the vent is over the food. It should hold pretty steady on temps without much fiddling. I usually cook them for an hour or so, but check the meat temps if you like and pull them around 170 or wherever you like it best.

Quick, easy, and pretty much impossible to mess up even for a n00b like me.
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Thank you all very much for your advice, I'll be cooking for the folks in the next few days and will report back with my results.

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