Pork Butt Help

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Hey traeger dudes and dudettes, need some help from the more experienced crowd as far as pork butts go.

Did my 3rd or 4th attempt tonight, usually turns out good, flavor wise and such, but i feel it's not quite there as far as the cook goes. I"ve seen pork butts literally fall apart when dropped from a foot, butts that just fall apart as soon as the bone glides out almost on its own. Mine take effort with some wolverine like claw shredders to get apart after a 7-8 hour cook. Bone needs to be pried out with a pair of pliers. I may be answering my own question here, but i think its the quality of the meat.

I'm in oregon, small town on the coast, only store is a Fred Meyers. Nothing better than Choice is sold, but even i've managed to take 3 "choice" tomahawk that magically showed up at the butcher counter (never seen tomahawks sold there, i've had to order direct in the past from a farm up north and they take 2 months to get delivered) 3 days before fathers day better than any Del Fresco or Mortons steak ( according to the ol lady and my father).

I think i've tried everything short of doing it boneless. Trimming off all virtual fat, leaving it as is, just removing the fat vein along the shoulder blade, just the fat cap... Anyone throw me some tips? I got a Pro 575, so no Supersmoke. :<
 
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250 all the way through last night, got to 160 pretty quick at about the 3 hour mark, foil wrapped after that with a half of a beer thrown in. Mesquite pellets. Maybe it was a small butt too getting to temp too quick, should I lower the temp to 225 or maybe even 200 and just go longer?
 

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I personally like to cook pork at 275, my reasoning is pork butt has a lot of fat through out the meat and I believe cooking at a slightly higher smoking temp helps render that fat better.
 
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I’ve been trimming mine as much as possible, out of necessity after the first time hahaha I’ve had my gall bladder out after it tried to kill me while camping a year ago. A friend of mine just told me he’s been smoking his at 180 to start then 220 to finish, I may have to give that a go.
 

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