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Smoking a Pork Butt in an Ugly Drum Smoker

The rundown
Tonight I smoked my first 3 1/2 lb pork butt in my ugly drum smoker. I had a hard time maintaining a even temperature with the Central Market Lump Mesquite Charwood. I might need to crush it to make it burn more evenly.

I already had about 10lbs of the Mesquite Charwood in the smoke from 2 previous trials and I added another 3 lbs of partially lite material from my chimney.

Before placing the pork butt on the heat I seasoned it with a little paprika, season salt, black pepper, garlic salt and minced onions.

I cooked the meat from and internal temp of 75 degrees to 182 degrees, allowing it to rest for over 30 minutes.

Recipe for a pulled pork sauce
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp mustard
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

As displayed below, I checked the temp of the UDS every 10 mins and the internal temperature of the meat every hour. I really could have used a wireless thermometer last night.

On the way home this evening, I picked up a Maverick Redi-Chek ET-72 Wireless Thermometer

Temperature Information

Actual Data Recorded (Smoker and Meat Temperatures)

30 minute and 1 hour averages (Smoker)

Temperature Information Raw Data

# Time Smoker Temp Valves Meat Temp Extra
1 6:00 pm 210 all open
2 6:10 pm 250 -1
3 6:20 pm 250
4 6:30 pm 260 -1
5 6:40 pm 250
6 6:50 pm 230
7 7:00 pm 220 +1 75.3
8 7:10 pm 270
9 7:20 pm 280 -1
10 7:30 pm 270
11 7:40 pm 260
12 7:50 pm 255
13 8:00 pm 250 -1 122
14 8:10 pm 290 -1/2
15 8:20 pm 260 -1/4
16 8:30 pm 225
17 8:40 pm 210
18 8:50 pm 195 +1/4
19 9:00 pm 200 157
20 9:10 pm 225
21 9:20 pm 185 +1/4
22 9:30 pm 180 +1
23 9:40 pm 195
24 9:50 pm 235 -1
25 10:00 pm 225 151
26 10:10 pm 270
27 10:20 pm 260 -1/2
28 10:30 pm 260
29 10:40 pm 240
30 10:50 pm 230 +1/4
31 11:00 pm 230 168
32 11:10 pm 270
33 11:20 pm 265
34 11:30 pm 265
35 11:40 pm 255
36 11:50 pm 250
37 12:00 am 240 +1/4 164
38 12:10 am 260
39 12:20 am 240
40 12:30 am 230 +1
41 12:40 am 235
42 12:50 am 240
43 1:00 am 250 178 foil
44 1:10 am 280
45 1:20 am 280
46 1:30 am 280 182

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