Friday, February 3, 2012

Pork'n' Da Butt

Rise and shine everyone it's time to cook. With the help of my fancy new injector Dawn got me for Christmas. I've done the injection, and rub already and it's waiting to go in the smoker now. I'm going to give it another 30 minutes, so it'll have at least an hour to absorb everything.

Now that I think about it. The Sweet Seduction may not have been a great selection to go with this injection. The injection is already pretty sweet soooooooooo yeah. May be throwing some spice on the mix.

I'm struggling to get the fire going this morning. I didn't have any newspaper to get my coals burning, so this is delaying the start. I think I may have it going now. Hopefully it'll be ready to go in at 8:30.

Welp, 8:30 passed and still no fire, but it seems to have FINALLY caught. Note to self: SAVE NEWSPAPER FOR CHEMNEY.

THE BUTT IS ON!!!!! The temp finally got up to 250 (an hour after I started working on it), so the meat went in and will start the cook.

The temp is steady around 260-270, and the butt is cooking just fine.

2 hours in and here she is so far

3 hours in ... starting to get a nice little darkness

Just a hair under 5 hours in. The internal temp is right around 140-145. Goal is to reach 200 internal temp.

6 hours in and you can really start seeing it bark up.

8 hours in ...

I ran a lot lower temp than Butt #1, so it's taking a longer time to cook. This is now just shy of 10 hours in. I love the bark that's forming. This may take longer, but it looks a LOT better.

The butt was finally finished after spending 11 hours in it's heat bath, so it was time to be foiled, wrapped in a towel, and thrown in a preheated cooler.

After an hour resting in the cooler ... it was pulling time. Look at the bark mmm mmm mmmmmmmm

As any good Q'er knows. The bone must come out CLEAN ...

Check out that pink smoke ring with the bark on the outside.

The new fancy gloves made this a LOT easier job.

I present to you THE best pulled pork I may have ever eaten. The flavor from the injection and rub. Mixed with the Stubb's Spicy and Carolina Sweet was perfect.

Dawn made the side zucchini fries, and some kind of noodle stuff.