How To Slow Cook a Boston Butt on a Weber Charcoal Grill

A lot of you out there that may love to BBQ, but might not be super serious about it and probably don’t have a smoker of some kind, but you at least have a trusty ol’ Weber charcoal grill (or “kettle”) sitting on your back porch.  A while back I posted about the 26.75″ Weber One Touch Gold kettle my in-law’s got me for Christmas and since then I’ve really only grilled on it.  I’ve known all along that you can slow cook on kettles, but I just hadn’t really tried it out until a few weeks ago when I smoked some baby back ribs on it.  They came out really good, but as it was my first time slow cooking on the kettle, I had to baby it a lot throughout the cook as the temp was tough to dial in.

Welp, I knew right away after that cook what I wanted to do to help with temperature control:  I ordered an adapter for my BBQ Guru DigiQ DX temperature controller that mounts to Weber kettles.  It was really quite easy to install.  My buddy Josh came over with a 1″ hole saw and drilled the hole into the bottom of the kettle, then I mounted the adapter and taped over the small gaps with the high temperature tape provided with the kit (check the kit out here).  I’ve got a video of it here if you want to check it out.  Now all I have to do is mount the fan, close the bottom dampers and let the DigiQ take care of everything!  So…for my first cook with my new setup, I wanted to attempt a Boston butt.  The video below walks you through the entire process, from prepping the butt all the way to the end where I pull it for some amazing sandwiches 🙂

I was stoked about slow cooking on the kettle with the DigiQ, so I’ll most likely be using that setup in the future when I’m only cooking a little bit, versus busting out “Big Bertha” (my 22″ WSM)  🙂  If you already have a a kettle but are interested in doing a lot of slow cooking, then the Weber Smokey Mountains (WSM) are probably best for you, but if you’re thinking all you’ll be doing is an occasional “low and slow” cook, then start with trying it on your kettle before you go buy a WSM.

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4 Responses to How To Slow Cook a Boston Butt on a Weber Charcoal Grill

  1. KenB. October 18, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    This is my FAVORITE video of prepping and smoking a pork shoulder/Boston Butt! I so agree with your approach and the end product looks like the most tender shoulder that I’ve ever seen…and trust me–I’m from North Carolina, and I’ve seen and tasted a ton of what we call “barbecue” aka smoked pork shoulder/Boston Butt or whole hog. Tons of kudos, man!

    • Steve October 18, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

      Thanks Ken! I appreciate the support! Pork shoulders are hands down my favorite thing to cook and it feels good to get a compliment from a N.C. guy where pulled pork is king! Thanks again!

  2. brad April 6, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    use that bone to separate the meat and if its a little dry put that fat back in there and mix it up

  3. Sandy July 5, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    How did you do bottom vents?

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