WSM – Pork Butt and Beef Chuck Roast Weekend Smoke

I purchased 3 Picnic Pork Butts and 1 Beef Chuck Roast for dinner this Sunday evening. I fully plan on having lots of leftovers and will vacuum seal most with the Foodsaver. I am getting a very late start this Sunday as it is almost noon. Didn’t feel like doing my traditional overnight due to several factors including the wind and light rain that started late last night. We have an overcast day today but the wind has died down and a only a little chance of rain in evening.


I set up the WSM (Weber Smoky Mountain) with two chimneys full of unlit Kingsford charcoal and then added my smoke wood, 2  pieces of Hickory, 1 piece of Apricot, 3 pieces of Cherry wood. I foiled a water pan to obtain higher cook temperatures since I’m short on time. My usual plan would be adding the larger Brinkmann water pan filled with warm water and relax for a 12-14hr cook at 220°-230°. I currently have the 3 bottom vents open at 50/50/0 and I am more than likely going to have to adjust the vents in the cook to start low and based on time open them up to speed the cook. The WSM was running 270° so I then changed vents to 50/0/0. I don’t want to be outside tending the cook and pulling pork late in the evening but for the most part I’ll just let the WSM do it’s thing. Meat temperatures are being monitored remotely with my Maverick thermometer with 2 probes. One is being used on the upper Pork Butt and the other in the Beef Chuck roast also on the upper grate. Made a quick rub with the following:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 kosher salt
  • 3 TBS turbinado sugar
  • 3 TBS granulated garlic
  • 3 TBS granulated onion
  • 2 TBS new mexico chile fresh ground
  • 2 TBS ancho pasilla chile fresh ground
  • 2 TBS minced dried garlic
  • 1 TBS coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 TBS oregano dried
  • 3 tsp old bay seasoning
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp all spice
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp seasoning salt

Will update as the cook progresses –

Here is the beer assortment that my Brother brought over, he’s running another Triathlon this weekend so no brew for him. I’ve had some of these before but the new ones are the Don De Dieu and the little Budda (novelty -lucky drink co. china). others – Celebrator  / AfflingemSamuel Smith

Updated 2pm – Beef was at 168° so I decided to pull it off take a few pics, foil it, then return it to the smoker until fork tender. Pork is at 155°ish

Updated 2:45pm – WSM @ 265° and upper pork @ 164°

Updated 3:20pm – WSM @ 255° opened and checked tenderness of Beef and used fork to sample end cut – delicious and internal 210°, lots of juice! I decided to leave the beef, pork looks good, put the other probe in one of the lower pork to get temps.  Upper pork 168° lower pork 162°

Update 4:30pm – WSM @ 260° – fork tender throughout, removed top foil and sample for snacking. Ready to remove and then add more pics.

Update 5:05pm  – WSM @ 270° – took off the Beef Chuck and brought inside to rest. It didn’t get a lot of rest, constant fingers taking samples off. Made a couple tacos while still monitoring temps of Pork.

Corn tortillas in a pan with a tad butter to warm them up, added pulled beef when I could stop putting directly into my mouth, fresh jalapeños diced with onions and tomatoes, cilantro, queso fresco cheese, cheddar, hot sauce red, green sauce

Update End Of Cook– Pork was taken off the smoker around 5:50pm and foiled and place back on the smoker. I would have preferred not to foil the Pork as normally done during my other low and slow cooks. Finally at 7:10-7:50pm I took the foiled Pork off and left them rest. Pulled the Pork later and noticed almost no fat, all rendered off very well, only thing that really got thrown away was the bones that came out very easily. Good Pork Picnics that are cooling off in the fridge and most will go into vacuum sealed Foodsaver bags with ample amount saved for meals in the fridge separately.