Since I basically suck at smoking pork butt...I'll ask you fools!
I've smoked two in the past and the times have been WAY off. It's so hard to predict when it will be done.
I have a 3.5lb pork butt I picked up tonight from Stater Bros. We'd like to eat tomorrow at 4pm. How long do you think it will take at 225-230? This page was informational but I figure it can't hurt to ask you guys.
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I've had them go from a 6 hours to 24 hours. It hits that stall at 170 degrees and you never know when it will get past it. The good thing is that if you finish early you can wrap it in foil and towels then put it in a cooler and it will stay warm for hours. I think they say 1 1/2 hrs per lb. is normal. I'd start right now to be sure
I'm also gonna try bone-in over boneless next time and see if that helps improve time.
Tossed that sucker in at 7am. Backyard smells good. Neighbors must be jealous.
I just did a pork butt the night before last in my BGE. It was about 8 pounds and went for 12 hours at 220. The key is to let it rest for an hour before getting into it. I did mine for a work pot-luck. I shredded about 1/2 of it, mixed in 2 tbsp of vinegar, a bottle of Stubbs hot BBQ sauce and a tsp of salt, served it on sweet buns with pickles and coleslaw. It was the hit of the event.
You'll know yours is done when you drag a fork across it (with some pressure) and it shreds off. Start checking every hour after about 5 hours, but remember, "if you're lookin', you ain't cookin'".
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