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Cooking Boston Butts

Last post 06-07-2023, 5:38 AM by donald. 1 replies.
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  •  06-06-2023, 12:46 PM 544

    Cooking Boston Butts

    I am planing on cooking about 100 lbs worth of Boston Butt on my pig cooker, what temp and how long should I cook them for pulled pork?
  •  06-07-2023, 5:38 AM 545 in reply to 544

    Re: Cooking Boston Butts

    There are several different personal preferences for this one. In general, bring to room temp then you could cook anywhere from 225 to 300 (even 325). I typically start mine at ~250 for about an hour then increase to 275 and finish there.

    As for the time, the old saying goes to cook to the temp, not time. I cook mine to ~195 then rest for at least half hour. It also finishes really well resting in a cooler. That being said for planning, the cook time at this temp is roughly ~6 to ~7 hours depending on the meat.

    I know you mentioned cooking about 100lbs. In general for bone-in, I typically plan on a 50-55% loss (bone,skin,fat) so that should give you about ~45-50lb meat to pull/shred. That should give you about ~180 4oz servings, ~120 6oz. Again, just estimates.

    I hope these guidelines help. Of course let us know if you have any other questions. Please take a pic and post your results when done!

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