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  • jkdurden
    Club Member
    • May 2020
    • 2
    • Colorado

    Smokin' Joe

    Hey gang.

    I have a quick question. I'm about to start my first Pork Butt cook - ever. I've never cooked low and slow except using a braiser in the kitchen. That said, I've got a Kamado Joe - Big Joe III and I'm going to get started within about 48 hours. I'm curious how much wood to add for the smoke and what your favorite kind of wood is for a pulled pork? Do you have any timing recommendations? How do you lay out the smoke wood - how much do you use in your KJ? Who much is too much? Just trying to have the best possible showing on day one. I understand that most people don't add a water pan on the Slo-roller - what are your thoughts?

    Thanks for reading this far...

    Make it great one.

  • LA Pork Butt
    Charter Member
    • Dec 2014
    • 5526
    • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

    I cook on a BGE, but I think what I do will work for you. I do mine overnight at 225 and plan for the cook to take 12-14 hours on a Butt that is almost 5” thick. Thickness of meat determines cook time. While I don’t usually wrap during the cook, I do wrap after the cook and plan to hold the meat in an ice chest for 2-4 hours before serving. Allowing one hour to start and stabilize the fire the total time will be from 15-17 hours.

    Here’s how I set up the fire and wood. I place a layer of the largest pieces of charcoal in the bottom of the firebox followed by a layer of medium sized pieces and topped off with a layer of small completely filling the fire box. I bury a starter square on edge about mid way between the center of the charcoal and the bottom vent running from left to right. I light both corners of the square and let the temp run up to 300 degrees. The temp will drop when you put the diffuser in. Then I take a large fist size piece of hickory and place it directly on the fire. I put the diffuser and drip pan in, fill it with water and then put the grill on. While the water isn’t necessary more smoke is attracted because moister attracts smoke.

    Once the cooker is stabilized at 225 I take the meat out of the frig and put it on the cooker. Cold attracts smoke. I go to sleep and check it when I wake up in the morning.

    The good news for you is that the shoulder is the most forgiving piece of meat you can cook. Have fun.
    Last edited by LA Pork Butt; June 19, 2020, 05:49 AM.


    • conradzero
      conradzero commented
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      Do you use the ceramic place setter to great deflect heat? Assuming you do unless you have a very big BGE.

    • LA Pork Butt
      LA Pork Butt commented
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      @conraderzo yep! I use the one from BGE. I put it, the waterpan and the grill in when the temp reaches 300 and then let it settle down and stabilize at 225.
  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 13126
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      Pizza insert
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      lots of probes.

    Welcome to The Pit.


    • FireMan
      Charter Member
      • Jul 2015
      • 7838
      • Bottom of Winnebago

      Yup! Welcome JK. Eat good & have fun.


      • mountainsmoker
        Banned Former Member
        • Jun 2019
        • 1849
        • Bryson City, NC

        Welcome from the mountains of North Carolina. LA Pork Butt gave you some good advice.


        • jkdurden
          Club Member
          • May 2020
          • 2
          • Colorado

          Thanks everyone. I somehow missed the reply but everything turned out great. I appreciate your help. I hope it also benefited someone else.

          Make it a great one.

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          Last edited by jkdurden; December 25, 2020, 10:01 PM.


          • Stuey1515
            Club Member
            • Dec 2019
            • 296
            • NSW Australia

            Welcome from Oz, you will like it here, I'll let the guru's make suggestions for the Kamado as I have no clue


            • Mr. Bones
              Mr. Bones commented
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              Me neither, Mate...
          • Texas Larry
            Club Member
            • May 2017
            • 1605
            • Wilson County, TX
            • Kamado Joe Big Joe 2
              Weber 22” Premium/SNS
              Weber Jumbo Joe/SNS
              Thermoworks Smoke
              Thermoworks 2K Thermocouple
              Thermoworks Dash
              Too many gadgets, accessories, and tools
              Favorite beer: Alaskan Amber

            LA Pork Butt k butt has a good system there. I have a Big Joe, and do much the same for temp control. I sometimes put the wood under the charcoal. I don’t use a water pan. Have fun with your cooks.


            • LA Pork Butt
              LA Pork Butt commented
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              Thanks for the shout out. There are many different ways to get good Q. Developing a good system helps give consistent results.
          • Thunder77
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 2830
            • Halethorpe, MD
            • Weber 26.75" Kettle with SnS. Broil King Baron 5 burner. Akorn Kamado, and Akorn Jr kamado. Primo Oval Junior. Love grilling steaks, ribs, and chicken. Need to master smoked salmon Favorite cool weather beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest Favorite warm weather beer: Yuengling Traditional Lager All-time favorite drink: Single Malt Scotch

            Apple or cherry are my favorite woods for smoking pork butt.


            • HawkerXP
              Club Member
              • Jul 2016
              • 5941
              • Virginia
              • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
                Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
                Slo n Sear
                Cold beer

              Welcome to the Pit!


              • Geary58
                Club Member
                • Aug 2020
                • 7
                • Long Island, NY

                That looks absolutely delicious!!!




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