I need a bit of help. The owner of a local bar has asked me to do pulled pork for July 4th. I've checked out almost all of the threads in this forum, but I still have a question or two.
Here's the scenario. I'll be cooking eight 4-5 lb pork shoulders, using my charcoal water smoker. My smoker is a Texas brand smoker, similar to the Materbuilt smokers (if anyone's heard of them), but not quite as good as a Weber. I'll be using the basic pulled pork recipe from How To Grill (with a couple of tweaks here and there to the spice rub and sauce, of course).
And yes, if things work out I'll definitely post some pictures.
I'll be using charcoal briquettes and hardwood chunks, since the bar owner already has a few bags of Kingsford. In addition, I've got 8 lbs of lump and a bag of hickory chips if I need them. My smoker temperature will average around 250 degrees for most of the cooking time.
Here's the possible complication: I've got 14 hours on Saturday to smoke the butts, and 2-3 hours on Sunday. The owner doesn't want me pulling an all nighter on the patio of his bar. So, the cooking might need to be done over 2 days.
Also, the most I've ever done on this particular smoker is three 5 lb butts- and these took about 1 1/2 hours longer to cook than one butt alone. I'm concerned that I'll run out of time if I'm doing 8 roasts.
Here are my questions:
1) Does anyone think there could be a problem with smoking the butts a day before the event, putting them in the cooler overnight, and then finishing them the next day- provided that I can get it back up to pulling temperature (190-195 degrees)?
2) If I do manage to finish cooking the pork the day before (Saturday), should I pull the pork that day and reheat the shredded pork on Sunday, or should I reheat the entire butt and then pull it on the Sunday? (My guess is the first one.)
3) Does anyone here think that 14 hours won't be enough to cook the quantity of meat I'm using? (Remember, it's 40 lbs of meat, but it's in small roasts- 5 lbs or so)
I'm looking forward to your responses.