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Old 05-09-2010, 03:09 PM   #1
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Default Pork has kicked my butt...

I've tried Pulled Pork twice.
Failed both times.

I am really curious if there is a set internal temperature when you guys suggest that I remove the butt from the smoker and put into a dry cooler?
Or if a dry cooler is even necessary. I am in dire need of some help.
I've got it on the smoker now and I was considering just leaving it on until it hits 200 degrees internally and then letting it rest for about 45 minutes then begin to pull.
Is this a good idea.
I'd love any ideas and/or suggestions.

Thanks in advance. I will be sure to post the results.
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Old 05-09-2010, 03:16 PM   #2
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i have good luck,taking it out at 190*,,then letting it rest in foil for 45 min to an hour,,then pulling.
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Old 05-09-2010, 03:19 PM   #3
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With butts the bone is a good indicator. It will usually pull right out clean.
I have had the bone get stuck. (somehow it seems the rub dries a bit on the outside of the meat around the bone & sometimes it sticks to the meat) 1st time it happened I left it on a bit longer than normal & felt like it was a little dry but noone else thought so. I'm not sure theres a fool proof way to tell if a butt is done except to cook a lot of them and after a while you get to know your cooker intimately & you just know when it's done.
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Old 05-09-2010, 03:23 PM   #4
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If it's a bone in butt, the best way to tell when it's
done is there will be significant pull back of meat from around the bone
and the bone pulls out cleanly. I cooked picnics last night and offer them up
as an example for you....
First in....


Ready to come out, take notice the pull back of meat at the bone...


These were in @250* cooking temp for 12 hours....And had an
internal temp of 205* My probe slid in like buddah and I knew
they were done.
Your times may vary, and as they say,"It's done when it's done."
I hope this helps you out....
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Old 05-09-2010, 03:28 PM   #5
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You don't have to rest it or put it in a cooler. Your plan for today should be fine.
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N8man has the right idea. I usually take it off of the grill at about 205, when the meat is pulling away from the bone. Of course it usually takes about 12 hours. Then let it cool about 30 to 45 minutes and pull.
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Old 05-09-2010, 06:13 PM   #7
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N8man has the right idea. I usually take it off of the grill at about 205, when the meat is pulling away from the bone. Of course it usually takes about 12 hours. Then let it cool about 30 to 45 minutes and pull.
Yeah I think that's the plan I'm going for. I'm just smoking one because I don't want to waste anymore butts. It's looking good so far. I'll post pictures when I'm done.
Thanks for all the input everyone it's very appreciated.
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Old 05-09-2010, 07:59 PM   #8
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I have adopted the probe test for butts. I am no pro, but I have smoked 2 butts and 1 picnic and they have turned out fine. I don't even check them until they have been on the smoker for 12 hours. I probe around in several places and if there is no resistance I pull them off. If there is resistance I leave them on and check back in 1 hour increments. Once it comes off, I wrap in foil and place in the oven (wife doesn't want the cooler to smell like meat). After they sit for 30-45 minutes I rip them up.
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Old 05-09-2010, 09:19 PM   #9
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The last few times I made boneless pork shoulders and they were some of the best I have made. Don't get me wrong bone in has always worked for me. I especially like when I can slide the bone out it's more than ready!

The last two cooks I did the boneless shoulders and tied them. I found that they all cooked very evenly and were juicy throughout. I did however let them rest for over two hours in a small cooler I have. For what ever reason this just works best for me.

The last cook was a 225-275* cook and it did take about 14hrs. These were purchased as a twin vac-pack from Costco. However I do not remember the weight. If I had to guess probably15-20lbs total between the two. I do use an 18" wsm that leaks like a . I pulled between 195-200*and rested in a cooler. Two hours later I pulled and vacsuc for the freezer.

We did obviously have to have a plate for the evening. Worth every bit of the 14hrs. Not sure if I have any pic's. I'll have to look. I gave 4 half lb packages out to some friends that said they want more! One even offered to buy the butts next time around!
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I see you have a bullet in your signature...try this...you'll love it!
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Old 05-10-2010, 04:21 PM   #11
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Third time is a charm!

I put the damn thing on at 2pm. Learned my lesson. I set an alarm for 2am.
Internal temp was at 193... close enough.

I pulled it and it looked/tasted great!

Thank you guys so much for your suggestions.

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Yep, looks like you nailed it. Congrats!
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Looks good.
Did you cook it in the pan? That's something I've never done. I find there's plenty of juice if you cook 'em on the grate.
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Old 05-10-2010, 04:39 PM   #14
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Looks good.
Did you cook it in the pan? That's something I've never done. I find there's plenty of juice if you cook 'em on the grate.
Less clean up on the grates. That's the only reason I do it that way.
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Nice job on getting that pulled pork cooking down.
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