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LBB
12-04-2017, 12:12 PM
I am smoking on a RecTec 680 and have plans to smoke 5 Butts and 2 to 3 Briskets together. I am looking for any advice from someone who has experience on cooking large quantities. My current plan is to start smoke everything at 225, but to start out at 300 to compensate for all the cold meat.

CptKaos
12-04-2017, 12:28 PM
Is the meat from dwarf cattle and piggys?

Larry

Nuco59
12-04-2017, 12:54 PM
All at one time? Will that all fit on a single grate on a Rec Tec? Website shows a hair over 700 square inches.

Just curious.

LBB
12-04-2017, 02:09 PM
I bought the extra shelf for the RecTec and figure I can fit 5 to 6 butts on the bottom (5 would give me more air room) and 2 briskets (flats) on the shelf, 3 would be tight. So I will probably end up with 5 butts and 2 briskets.
Thanks for the comments,
Larry

Mikhail
12-04-2017, 02:18 PM
At the dimensions I looked up, could you do 3 briskets on the bottom laid front to back, then the 5 butts on the top rack?

Mikhail
12-04-2017, 02:19 PM
Might run into some flow problems packed that tight, but I think you are there anyway.

LBB
12-04-2017, 04:33 PM
Yes I am concerned about air flow - I will rotate them a couple of times. As for the smoker, the add on shelf is pretty narrow so the briskets will fit better horzinal on it. I am sure that 5 butts will fit on the bottom (which is wider), I want to cook 6 but may have to settle for only 5.
Thanks for the feedback,
Larry

Nuco59
12-04-2017, 05:19 PM
If you can find all your meat a place on the grate, give it hell and let us know how it all went. I'd find a buddy with a UDS- run them in tandem and take all the guess work out of it :grin:

CptKaos
12-04-2017, 06:10 PM
Will be a tough test to see if it can produce enough energy, trying to heat lots of mass

Larry

Burnt at Both Endz
12-04-2017, 06:30 PM
While I don't have a rectec, I can tell you that when I do a large load on the FEC, it's better to run it a couple hours at 200* before bumping it up. Otherwise you will have a lot of direct heat on the lower shelf, because it will throw extra pellets in the firepot trying to get you up to temp.

Leftwngr
12-04-2017, 10:37 PM
Another thing to watch for is liquid if you wrap. A leak with that much meat might cause a short. Happened to me on a 680 with 3 packers going at once. The far left wrap leaked onto the temp probe wire and boom. Down for the count.