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Mozfan00

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First "Big" Cook
« on: October 30, 2015, 08:30:55 AM »
I have three 8# butts for my first big cook.  Have the ponies prepped and at the gate.

Of course going for a 225 low and slow. 

Gonna skip the Texas Crutch this time around, I figure it'll make it easier with less handling.

Snake method using apple and pecan chunks

Stubbs briquettes

Any advice would help!  Looking forward to posting the results.

Can't mess this up 'cause I have about 30 guest coming tomorrow.   No pressure right? [emoji12] [emoji106]







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MikeRocksTheRed

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Re: First "Big" Cook
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2015, 08:48:56 AM »
I'd go with the texas crutch if I was doing three butts at the same time.  One of them is going to be a jerk and take 3-5 hours longer than the others without the crutch!  LOL.  Sounds like you have plenty of time though, so it will be interesting to compare how long it takes for each one to finish without the crutch.
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Mozfan00

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Re: First "Big" Cook
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2015, 08:53:31 AM »
@mikerocksthered I was thinking about that too.  I'm lighting the kettles 1130 and hope to have all lids smoking by noon.  Goal is to have all three done by noon tomorrow that gives me 24 hours each butt.  I wanted to give myself wiggle room for that reason.  I may have to resort to the Texas Crutch if I have too.

That being said, if these finish way early how do I keep them warm and looking good till the party starts at 3?

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MikeRocksTheRed

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Re: First "Big" Cook
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2015, 09:02:01 AM »
The one I did last weekend was 6.51lbs and took 12 hours.  So if you want them still warm from the initial cook tomorrow at 3pm, I'd start them tonight and cook them over night.  I have held butts before in the oven for 4-5 hours.  I set the oven to 170, wrap the butts really good in foil, then when I put them in the oven I turn the oven off.  I'll check every hour or so and just gauge the temp by touch to determine if I need to turn the oven back on for 10-20 minutes.  Putting them in a cooler wrapped in foil then wrapped in towels has the same basic result, but I think its easier to just use the oven.  The butts will be hotter than the oven temp when you put them in, so the oven will hold a nice warm temperature for quite a while.  Just as long as you keep them about the danger zone cutoff (140 degrees) you are in good shape.
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Mozfan00

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Re: First "Big" Cook
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2015, 09:22:20 AM »
@mikerocksthered thanks for the advice.

Was that using the Texas crutch?


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Re: First "Big" Cook
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2015, 10:43:19 AM »
@MikeRocksTheRed thanks for the advice.

Was that using the Texas crutch?

No.  I kicked myself for not wrapping it somewhere between 165-170!
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Mozfan00

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Re: First "Big" Cook
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2015, 03:46:07 PM »
Here they are in all their glory.  Three big Butts in three beauties.  The 18" lit the torch.  #teamwork [emoji106]







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Re: First "Big" Cook
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2015, 04:15:51 PM »
Good luck!!!!  Keep us updated!  I just realized that I could only do two at a time because of thermometer limitations!
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huntergreen

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Re: First "Big" Cook
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2015, 09:07:58 PM »
i find beer takes care of feeling any pressure.

Mozfan00

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Re: First "Big" Cook
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2015, 10:58:19 PM »
Great advice @huntergreen

It's midnight here and I'm calling it a night.  Planning to be up around 5 to peek

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Mozfan00

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Re: First "Big" Cook
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2015, 03:31:39 AM »
430 AM and butt Temps are, 168, 165 and 160...back to bed...kettles hovering from 217 to 223



   

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weldboy

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Re: First "Big" Cook
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2015, 03:41:15 AM »
Looking good! May want to wrap in foil to keep that bark from getting any darker. Are you Pulling this or slicing?

Mozfan00

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Re: First "Big" Cook
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2015, 05:12:54 AM »
@weldboy

I'll be pulling these.  The bone in was just wrapped in foil and placed in the oven to sweat it out for a few (2-3 hours).  Man, that thing was so damn tender it just about fell apart in my hands as I was transferring it over to the pan!

One butt will probably be done in 45 min and another probably has 2-3 hours on it.

Also, It's the first time I use my1980 brownie and I'm still learning the action on her.  It's a way different animal from an OTS.  I've had a couple instances where she has dropped 15+ degrees hour over hour

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austin87

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Re: First "Big" Cook
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2015, 05:18:45 AM »
You're off to a great start! Keep it going!

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Re: First "Big" Cook
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2015, 06:38:55 AM »
Keep us updated, seems like you're making all the right moves though.

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