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Unread 01-02-2010, 10:56 PM   #1
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Default First BGE Butts for New Year’s Day W/ PRON

First I want to thank the Brethren for helping me through my first long smoke on my new Big Green Egg. If you missed it, here’s the thread.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=75196

Here are the butts still in the pack.



Here’s what I started out with.



The Sal and Judy’s was an “experiment”. I had never injected a butt, and had never used the S&J for anything else. It had a sweet Cajun flavor, not bad but I don’t know that I’ll look for it again. My wife said it was okay, but she’d prefer if I could get my rub seasoning on the inside of the meat. I’m taking that as my next challenge!

I injected one butt with the S&J while it was still in the pack, and then decided to use the whole bottle.




I then mixed up my rub and rubbed the other one generously and put what was left of the rub on the injected butt.



Now it’s time to play with fire! I loaded up the Egg with oak lump with some hickory chunks mixed in, and I had some apple chips soaking to throw on with the meat. I fired up the BGE and let it get too hot right off the bat! I shut it down to cool off and then brought it back up to 240 and held it there for about an hour. So far so good, time to put on the meat.



After the temp came back up and stabilized at about 240 I felt it was good to go, for us to go that is! Off to the New Year’s party! We got home about 2:00 and I checked the temp, it had dropped to about 190 after 5 hours, not too bad I thought. I ran it up to about 225 and had it where I thought it was steady for about 40 minutes or so. Time to hit the sack. I was up at 7:00 to check it again and was surprised when I saw the temp at about 140. I opened the vents up and it struggled a little to get over 200 but once it did it was good to go. I had it at about 250 for about another 2 hours. At this point the rubbed butt was at 160 and the injected butt was at 185.



I foiled them and bumped the temp to about 275 until I had to take them off the pit, which was about an hour and a half more; I actually pulled the injected one off about 30 minutes before the other one. When I pulled them the injected was at 195 and the other was at 188. I wrapped them in towels and dropped them in a small cooler where they would stay for about 2 hours. Off we went to my in-laws.

When it was time to eat I pulled them out and unwrapped them. If I say so myself... it was pure goodness!



Both came apart in chucks with ease and the bones pulled clean. We weren’t going for pulled pork, but I’m sure I could’ve done it.




Both were really good, but the crowd favorite was the butt with just the rub. All in all I think everyone was happy with them, I know I was! Sorry I don’t have a pic of the serving platter, I guess we were too ready to eat to think about that pic!

Ron L, I did manage to keep Mr. Murphy away, but he was knocking on the door! The only big problem was self-imposed... never use your wife’s good air-bake cake pan for a drip pan!

Again, thanks for the help and I wish you all a smokin’ New Year!
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Great looking butttisimo.
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Those look buttiful!! I'd hit some of each!
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Glad it worked out for you. Nice job.
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Thanks for the compliments. I think I'm going to like cooking on this thing. I must admit, I was skeptical about it when I first saw them. A friend of mine has one and I used to give him a hard time about not making "real Texas BBQ" in something that looked like that, but that didn't stop me from enjoying whatever came off of it!
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