We all know low N slow is the way to go, however sometimes you need to try something new (like smoke pork butt hot and fast) because it may just surprise you how delicious this thing will turn out… that is if you do it right…
How to Smoke Pork Butt Hot and Fast
Fire up your pit and let it get up to a temperature of 290-300°F. Place a water pan under the grate.
Slather the pork butt with yellow mustard. Then apply your favorite sweet & spicy BBQ rub. Alternatively you can season with salt, pepper, cane sugar and paprika to taste.
Place the pork butt on the smoker and close the lid. Smoking low and slow would take about 2 hours per pound of meat, but at 300°F this way you should expect an 8 pound butt to cook in approximately 10 hours.
If at any point you notice the temperature inside your smoker dropping below 175, stir up the coal a bit. If the temperature keeps dropping, add some charcoal.
After about 6 hours (meat internal temp should be around 170-180°F), it’s time to spritz. You can use apple cider vinegar, juice or any other liquid you like. Repeat 2 more times with 30 minute intervals.
At the 7 hour mark glaze the meat with your favorite vinegar-based sauce. Repeat after another hour.
It is very common for the internal temperature of a pork butt to stop climbing at some point (the so-called “stall”). Do not worry if this happens to you. Just keep the temp in your smoker steady and ride it out.
The pork butt will be ready when internal temperature hits 198°F. At this point you can wrap it in tin foil and let it rest for 30 minutes to allow all the juices to be absorbed before pulling the pork.