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  1. #11
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    Awesome! Please post pictures of your graduation smoke. Thanks and happy smokin!

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    I'll be smoking my first butt Friday its about 9lbs. I injected with apple juice, vinegar, salt and accent last night. Do I need to trim alot of the fat cap and how long of a cook should I be prepared for if I cook at 225 or 250?

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    I would run it at 250, not trim the fat cap, with a target temp of 190 to slice it or 200-203 to pull it. Typically, I'll run something like 16-18 hours, a lot will depend on how dense the meat is, how much you injected into it. You can always turn the temp down on the smoker and hold it for a number of hours if need be. Se a thread from me : "Crisis Averted" for more detail.
    You'll give up a little bark by not trimming, but you'll be juicier, which is a fair trade in my book.
    I believe in catch and release fishing. I don't want to EAT 'em all, I just want to GREET 'em all!

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    Jim, a question for you....

    I seem to recall your stating you like to use 3-4 charcoal briquettes in the smoke box. Any particular type or brand? Does it need to be hardwood charcoal or will the average stuff from Kingsford work....?
    Remember: If it weren't for marriage, men would go through life thinking they had no faults at all

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    If you can find lump charcoal, great, but I'm using a bag of Kingsford pretty methodically, and I'm very happy with the results. Seems like it enhances the smoke flavor and helps contribute to the bark.
    I believe in catch and release fishing. I don't want to EAT 'em all, I just want to GREET 'em all!

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    I have two bags of Kingsford already in my garage.... my only concern was that "lighter-fluid" type odor that seems to burn off after an hour or so of burning charcoal.
    Remember: If it weren't for marriage, men would go through life thinking they had no faults at all

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