Smoking A Three Pound Butt

Rusty James

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Does anyone know how long it takes to smoke a boneless three pound butt to 195° in a 14.5" WSM?

I have one marinating (no dry rub) in the fridge overnight, and I would like to have it for Sunday.
 

Tony-Chicago

TVWBB Fan
Start early. You will have plenty of time to raise heat or hold in cooler.

High heat could be 3 to 5 hours.
Low heat could be 5 to 12.

If you busy with side dishes or other stuff you can always cook the day before and reheat later.
 

timothy

TVWBB Hall of Fame
Rule of thumb is 1.5-2 hrs per Lb depending on pit temp.
I never cooked one that small, but heard they can be quite stubborn, taking longer than usual.

Tim
 

Rusty James

TVWBB Guru
Took me about five hours. Pit temp ran above 300° for much of the smoke (with water in the pan), and then began to scale back as the coals began to burn down.

The boneless butt tastes good, but I may try a slow cooker next time. Any recommendations for seasonings?
 
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Rusty James

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Come Sunday, the butt tasted even better than when I took it out of the smoker.

My only regret was no hickory wood on hand for smoke, but I did use cherry and peach.
 

KToliver

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Took me about five hours. Pit temp ran above 300° for much of the smoke (with water in the pan), and then began to scale back as the coals began to burn down.

The boneless butt tastes good, but I may try a slow cooker next time. Any recommendations for seasonings?
I like a nice liberal coating of Bad Byron's Butt Rub.
 

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