I've smoked single pork butts before on my SM025. I have 3 to smoke for the Super Bowl. 10lbs, 7 lbs and 6lbs. Is this volume/weight of meat too much for my smoker? I was thinking one on top and two separated on the lower rack. Any perspectives/advice? Any guesses at approximately how long this might take at 250F?
Larger butts on the bottom rack. They will cook about the same as your single butt cook.
I swear by 225, its always brought me the best butts, and based on my statistics, its 2 hours/pound to 203 and rest for 4 hours.
Before I posted my original question, I noticed some folks who seemed to indicate that multiple butts about the same size would get done about the same time; some noted that multiple items cook faster. I figure that the 1.5/2 hours per pound rule of thumb would apply to the largest butt, not the grand total. Any thoughts?
Largest butt, yes, however it is recommended that you have a temp probe in each piece for proper timing
Since largest butt is on the bottom shelf, I would guess they will be all be done about the same time? Personally, I would run it for a few hours around 200*, before raising the temp to around 235*. Like Bobby said, figure time on only one butt, not total weight.
If you hold they together after they are done, they will be good/safe for 6-8hrs with no problem.
Agree with Cal - if the larger one is done on the lower rack, the upper ones will be done. Three probes would be great if you have them, but pork butt is pretty forgiving - I would go by the largest one on the lower rack and if the temps in each butt differ by a bit I wouldn't worry. Resting time in FTC evens out everything.
Thanks for everyone's comments and perspectives!