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PhilB
03-24-2013, 08:01 PM
Well, with moving to a different part of town at the end of last summer, working on selling the old house, doing some work on the new one, etc, BBQing had (gasp!) taken a backseat.

However, brought back some ribs last time I was in Bellingham (man, Cash and Carry has fantastic prices compared to here in Canada), and also found a pork butt at the local Safeway (realized I could get one by asking in the back).

The ribs are still in the freezer, but I took the butt out on Wednesday so it could thaw. I have spent the last few years concentrating on ribs and chicken, so I was curious how a less picky chunk of meat would turn out. Here's some pictures from my day yesterday!

What I learned: Next time, put it on at the end of the night, sleep, and check it in the morning. This was my first long cook, so I wanted to be sure I'd have enough fuel. This was also my first time trying the Royal Oak ridged briquettes (they were much, much cheaper than the Kingsford).

I wanted to try no foil, since I like bark, so it took way longer than I thought (it was a 7lb butt). Most of it read from 190-197, depending on where I probed. I tried the bone twist test, and one half of the butt came clean off. I thought that meant it wasn't quite done. I realize later when I actually pulled it that only bark was holding on the other half!

Click on any picture for a huge version.

Throwing it on...9:45am. Way too late. Next time, get up real early, or put it on overnight.

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A friend suggested smoking some tofu...since I had some just taking up space, why not try it? Actually turned out pretty good.

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After about 13 hours...Look at that bark!


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I thought I'd end up chopping it more than pulling it after resting half an hourause I thought it wasn't quite done enough. I was wrong.


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Today: Fried up some leftovers in a bit of bacon fat, made some homemade corn tortillad had some tacos with a bit of KC-style BBQ sauce on top.


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BobM
03-24-2013, 08:05 PM
Looks great! :thumb:

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
03-24-2013, 08:07 PM
Looks like you nailed it.

PaPaQ
03-24-2013, 08:09 PM
Sure looks good!

Lake Dogs
03-24-2013, 08:09 PM
Phil, bring the cook temperatures up 40 or 50 degrees; you'll have no problem getting it done in the times you want.

Otherwise, looks much better than my first few tries. Very well done!

LMAJ
03-24-2013, 08:11 PM
Looks good!!

Jason TQ
03-24-2013, 08:18 PM
I dont know what that hunk of pork was, but that tofu sure looked awesome :razz:. Thanks for sharing.

cowgirl
03-24-2013, 08:24 PM
Looks great!!

PhilB
03-24-2013, 08:29 PM
Phil, bring the cook temperatures up 40 or 50 degrees; you'll have no problem getting it done in the times you want.

Otherwise, looks much better than my first few tries. Very well done!

Thanks. Forgot to say I started it at 225, then, after searching here, turned it up to 250. I feel like 275 probably could have worked as well. It's definitely much more forgiving than ribs are, if I go by my first attempt at that compared to where I am now!

PhilB
03-24-2013, 08:30 PM
Also, man that DigiQ is handy for long cooks!

VA-Dave
03-24-2013, 08:37 PM
Definitely nailed it.

Bark looks great.

Dave

tatonka3a2
03-24-2013, 08:41 PM
Looks great!

bigabyte
03-24-2013, 09:01 PM
Nice!:hungry: Even that tofu looks kinda good...kinda...sorta...:wacko:

criffaaa1
03-24-2013, 10:13 PM
great job, tofu and all

PhilB
03-24-2013, 10:32 PM
Nice!:hungry: Even that tofu looks kinda good...kinda...sorta...:wacko:

No one was more surprised than I was!

Kave Dweller
03-25-2013, 12:17 AM
Someone suggested tofu and you call them a friend?!? Confused

bbqbull
03-25-2013, 12:23 AM
I too like the bark....for a crunch in the bite!
Excellent job.

BRBBQ
03-25-2013, 02:29 AM
all looks good :thumb:

Gasket
03-25-2013, 02:36 AM
Looks great! Got a butt on the 22.5 WSM right now. Buy the way, what's tofu? :confused: Lol!

PhilB
03-25-2013, 01:24 PM
Looks great! Got a butt on the 22.5 WSM right now. Buy the way, what's tofu? :confused: Lol!

It's kinda like meat, only without any of the flavour, texture, fat, or yummyness.

SmokinFatties
03-25-2013, 01:33 PM
Man that really makes me want to put a big ol
Butt on a hot grate. Nice lookin Que Phil.