I have been thinking about doing a taste test on butts for a while now (don't laugh, you know what I mean.) I have never injected anything with well..anything. I have read and seen a lot of people who inject their butts/briskets/turkeys/chicken with some form of marinade. On at least 100 occasions I have seen,picked up and read, the cajun injector at any of the stores that I frequent. Just never bought it. Well I didn't buy it this time, but I did buy an injector.
new smoker. This is the first big cook on it. It was 6 in the morning, dew still covering the ground, I am on my second cup of coffee, a clear white smoke coming out of the smoker, I am in hog heaven (pun intended.) It will be a great day, well....Here is the short summary of my day:
I noticed quickly the temp started to waiver, it did this early and often. Then at some point, around 10, I walked outside and heard a noise that made my heart quake. What I heard was the top rack had fallen, hitting the bottom rack, into the water pan and on into the coals. I slowly opened the door to the smoker to make sure nothing fell out. Byrd came running out and helped me take the butts off get them into the oven on 225, while I got the smoke back up to temp and set up again. I wish I would have gotten a picture of this, but the frustration of the situation did not let me think that far ahead. All set up, the butts go back on. I thank Byrd for helping me to see the funny side of this and I get my spirit back. Then things settled into a nice routine of having about 2 hour breaks in having to do something. Around 11 last night the internal temp was 175. It was a long night to say the least. I wrapped them, in a sleepy haze,around 3 this morning when the internal timer went off at 190. They stayed on until 6 when they reached 210. I went back to sleep after that.
I pulled the pork this morning at 8. I am not sure I have ever gotten out of bed, poured a cup of coffee, and started to pull pork. What a great morning. The bones slid right out, great smoke ring, and the bark was delicious for breakfast. This is my pork plate, you can barely see the pig in the middle, it is only used for pork products.
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