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  • Ricardo
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    I would suggest once you pull it off the smoker, leave it wrapped... if you wrap to power through stall. If you don’t, then use some tinfoil, wrap it and set it aside in an empty cooler, and let it be for no less than 30 minutes. Ideally 45 minutes to an hour. After that, go for it.

  • smokin fool
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    Part of problem was me, we had company and I tried to rush things.
    You can't rush smoking meat, never ends well.

  • OldNav2
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    THANKS TO ALL FOR THE VERY HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS - it would have taken me a lot of different cooks to figure out all of them. I appreciate the generosity of your experience.

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  • OldNav2
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    BINGO!!! OK - yup, we let it rest only maybe 10 minutes.I'll work on my timing...

  • OldNav2
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    I appreciate all the pointers. I'll certainly consider pulling earlier in the future, but I didn't trust experimenting on my first attempt. I elected to just let it sit when it hit the stall, just to see how long it might take. Next time I'll use the crutch. Haven't been to the StL BBQ store - yet! Thanks for costing me some $$$ ;-)

  • OldNav2
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    Thanks - I do understand that each meat and cook will be unique. Haven't had enough experience yet to figure whether this is an "average" or an outlier. Appreciate the feedback.

  • OldNav2
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    Thanks - didn't know thickness was the controlling factor. The meat was indeed 4" thick. Will use water pan next go.

  • Ricardo
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    OldNav2
    My first pork shoulder attempt right after joining this site and reading meathead’s book, resulted in a very similar experience as you describe.

    After some input from fellow pit-master members, I realized that it turned out dry because I did not let it rest.

    I misunderstood meathead’s teachings. I thought nothing needed to rest before digging in. I miss understood the busted myth that meat needs to rest after cooking.

    Huskee commented on one of my very first posts here and accurately diagnosed my pulled pork dryness could have been due to not letting it rest. He was right. That alone elevated my confidence and since then, have not had dryness problems. He also clarified that the busted myth applied for something like a steak, not a large mass of pork or beef like a shoulder or a brisket.

    Later on, someone here recommended trying different cuts of pork, and commented that his or her family preferred pulled pork from the Boston Butt, as compared to the picnic cut. After trying, I agree. My family likewise prefers the Boston Butt for pulled pork, and other fixings.

    Give that a try, but let it rest before digging in. Hope this helps.

    Ricardo

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  • Dadof3Illinois
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    As others have said, the thickness determines the time it takes to cook. You can always wrap which will help push through the stall thus speeding up the cook. Don’t be afraid to up your cooking temps, I use 275-300 often. Water pan will help With the dryness but I’m not like a lot of guys and I’ll pull mine between 190-195 internal. For me I find it has helped with the moistness. That and at least an hour hold wrapped in foil and towels inside a cooler.
    Another reason I like to wrap and force through the stall is i love to have that pig juice available to add back in just in case the meat is a little dry. But the best thing about this, I’ll call a hobby or affliction, is everyone has their way of doing things and finding what works for them.

    oh and since you live close to St Louis have you ever been to the St Louis BBQ store?

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  • Skip
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    Your pork looks great but so does your side dish in the background of your picture. Stuffed zucchini?

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  • smokin fool
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    I've done with and without a water pan on our BKK. While the water pan has its merits I prefer smoking without a water pan now.
    Better bark and seems to cook faster.
    Red Man is right the meat makes a difference my last two butts cooks were great, yesterdays not so much.
    Every cook is going to be different in some way.

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  • LA Pork Butt
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    Here is the important thing to keep in mind when estimating cook time. The thickness of the meat determines cook time and not the weight. How thick was the meat. I cook 10#ers that about 5” thick and they take 12-14 hours at 225. That piece of meat looked like it might have been 4” thick. A water pan probably would have helped and would have attracted more smoke.

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  • OldNav2
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    Thanks - I've read a little about using higher temps and plan to try that in the future. I actually did raise the grill temp to 275F for the last 45 minutes just to usher things along. Appreciate your post!

  • OldNav2
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    Thanks - my sample size of 1 didn't tell me very much. I know enough to trust my thermometers so the time didn't particularly worry me...until it got on towards dinner time.

  • OldNav2
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    Bone came out easily and clean. Uh...just watched temp. Didn't know about probe tender. Will add that to the tool box. Thanks

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