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Title: Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: scrappy on January 17, 2011, 11:12:52 AM
We have a couple of carniceria's locally, that make great carnitas, and I've been wanting to try my hand at doing a smoked carnitas for a while now.  So, I made a rub with Mexican spices:

2 tbsp kosher salt
2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground dry cilantro
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground California chili pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dry crushed oregano
1 tsp chili powder

Rubbed half of it, along with the juice of 1 lime, on the butt, covered it and refridgerated overnight.  I saved the other half of the rub to do something I learned from one of RoanieCowPony's posts:  mix the remaining rub in a saucepan with 8 oz chicken stock, heat it on stove and pour it over the cooked and pulled pork meat. Cover the pan with foil and put it back in the keg for another hour, to cook the spices into the internal meat.

8 lb butt, with the fat cap removed
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I added about 2 lbs of lump on top of the unburned lump that was leftover from the prior cook, together with a few apple wood chunks.  I lit a couple small pieces of lump and watched the keg like a hawk so the temps didn't get away from me.  Got it stable at around 220 with the butt on the upper grate.  The keg eventually went up to 250-275 and pretty much stayed there for the 11 hours for the butt to get to 205.  This butt's temp got stuck at 168 degrees for a little over 3 hours, I have never had a butt stall out for that long before.

I also smoked a leftover chunk of salmon, in order to make a salmon cream cheese spread.
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<edit> oops, forgot to post a pic of the resulting taco...
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Title: Re: My keg's first Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: TAURUS BBQ on January 17, 2011, 11:25:34 AM
Looks great!


Title: Re: My keg's first Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: Boat-n-BBQ on January 17, 2011, 11:26:22 AM
Very, Very nice Scrappy!


Title: Re: My keg's first Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: Vindii on January 17, 2011, 11:29:34 AM
Looks great.  I had to look up carnitas to see what they were.  Sounds good.


Title: Re: My keg's first Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: Yanknrebel on January 17, 2011, 11:33:38 AM
I smoked two yesterday myself, mine stalled @ 180.  and stayed there for over 2 hours.  I was running 225* or so, and it took 11.5 hours for the two 8lb'ers to get to pullin' temp.


Title: Re: My keg's first Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: Crimson on January 17, 2011, 12:00:07 PM
Yes the muscles are surrounded by collagen that breaks down at 180 with time so the heat being used to break it down.


Title: Re: My keg's first Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: ronbeaux on January 17, 2011, 03:36:44 PM
Sweet!!!


Title: Re: My keg's first Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: Skinsandos on January 17, 2011, 04:32:27 PM
that is what pork if for

great job


Title: Re: My keg's first Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: Smokin in Peosta on January 17, 2011, 05:37:29 PM
Good work Scrappy


Title: Re: My keg's first Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: RNF on January 17, 2011, 06:25:45 PM
scrappy,

Looks great, nice job.


Title: Re: My keg's first Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: Grandpa JD on January 17, 2011, 09:58:22 PM

"It's a slow-roasted pork, nothing fancy. It just happens to be my favorite, and I order it with a tequila and lime in every dive I go to in this country. And honestly, that is the best it's ever been anywhere. In fact, it's too good. It's so good that when I'm finished, I'll pay my check, walk straight into the kitchen and shoot the cook."


Title: Re: My keg's first Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: BakonGrill on January 19, 2011, 07:07:19 AM
Hmmm, I'm wondering if there might be a recipe in there somewhere  ;) .

What do you think, Mods? Ya think there's enough time to send it over there before the next crash :o ?

BakonG


Title: Re: My keg's first Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: RazorbackBBQJim on January 19, 2011, 07:19:05 AM
This is a must try...thanks!!!!

Jim


Title: Re: My keg's first Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: scrappy on January 19, 2011, 09:16:55 AM
Hmmm, I'm wondering if there might be a recipe in there somewhere  ;) .

What do you think, Mods? Ya think there's enough time to send it over there before the next crash :o ?

BakonG

If the site stays up long enough, you have my blessings to move the post...


Title: Re: My keg's first Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: Boat-n-BBQ on January 19, 2011, 05:22:16 PM
If the site stays up long enough, you have my blessings to move the post...
I'll do my best... ;D


Title: Re: Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: skippy on February 21, 2011, 06:03:27 PM
Tried this recipe last night and it was great.  Made some great leftovers for today too.


Title: Re: Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: Q-Dude on June 17, 2011, 08:14:41 AM
Dang, but this looks good to me. I am going to try this as soon as I can.  Thanks for posting!


Title: Re: Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: ICSmoke on June 17, 2011, 08:38:14 AM
Yummy!  I love carnitas and yours look great!  I am sooooo doing that with my next pork roast!


Title: Re: Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: Smokey_Mtn on June 17, 2011, 09:11:43 AM
Looks great scrappy.  I'm gonna try it this weekend.


Title: Re: Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: roaniecowpony on June 19, 2011, 06:43:41 PM
I did sumpin along these lines last year.  Looks like there's been some improvin to what I did.  Man that looks good.  I quit doin' butts cause I gained 5 lbs everytime I cooked them.  ;D


Title: Re: Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: jsegura3 on June 19, 2011, 10:03:38 PM
I did something like this 2 weeks ago. I had made a "typical" pork butt, I used half of the pulled pork to make some tacos. I poured some Lowry's Baja Chipolte marinade over some of the pork and let it soak in a covered dish for about an hour. The meat was still very hot at this point. The neighbors said it was some of the best food I've made on the keg so far.


Title: Re: Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: Malcontent on August 19, 2011, 11:13:29 AM
Awesome!  When we do carnitas, we always do it in a big cast iron dutch oven with citrus juice (traditional way), so the meat fries it its own fat and crisps up, but yours looks darn good!  Man, you're making me hungry now, good thing there's some pulled pork in the freezer!


Title: Re: Butt - done Carnitas style
Post by: Wickey-Q on September 24, 2011, 04:46:13 PM
I will be trying this out tonight into tomorrow for the bears game.  Go bears.