View Full Version : Quick Pork Butt question

12-12-2015, 04:13 PM
Been wanting to try making a pork butt on my Kamado Joe, and before doing it I wanted to ask a quick question. From everything I've read the time it takes is in the range of 1-2hours/lb. Most of the pork butts I've seen have been in the 8lb. range. Is there any problem with chopping one in half and just cooking that? I'm leaning towards doing this because I don't quite need than much (particularly for a first attempt), I'd get more bark/lb of meat, and I think it would cut down the cooking time a bit. Will cutting it in half make a difference in regards to time? My guess is yes, but not like in half. Probably knock a couple hours off though. Am I right?

(I have a couple small kids at home, and would prefer to pull this off as a start in morning and have for dinner, as opposed to start the night before)

12-12-2015, 04:27 PM
Not the 2 hours unless you're warming them to death. 275 maybe an hour or so and 300-310* maybe 50 minutes. Cookers that cook more direct can be less

12-12-2015, 04:30 PM
No problem Halving it IMO, but when I've done it it is not a straight ratio. So cutting in half may only cut cook time by a quarter for instance.

12-12-2015, 04:36 PM
cutiing in have maybe 15% time savings. cook at 275*-300* should be 50 minutes - 1 hr/ lb like FWISmoker said.

12-12-2015, 04:41 PM
I think I've seen some members give time based on thickness rather than pounds?

12-12-2015, 05:06 PM
Cook the whole thing. Freezes well for a quick meal.

12-12-2015, 05:20 PM

12-12-2015, 05:21 PM
I'd be tempted to cook the whole thing as well. You're not looking at much (if any) more cook time. Left over pulled pork is great on pizza, nachos, baked potatoes, etc. It also freezes well.

At my house it's just my wife and I. When I smoke a butt, we make meals throughout the week using it.

12-12-2015, 09:00 PM
Thanks all. I'll try to remember to post how it goes.

12-12-2015, 11:01 PM
Looks like you have gotten some great advice from everyone on this one. I cook all I can on my Akorn and vacu seal leftovers in meal size portions to reheat.

12-13-2015, 03:58 AM
The bigger the butt, the better the BBQ. You will not save much time cutting it in half plus the quality will not be as good. Properly frozen and reheated pulled pork is a wonderful thing.