I CAN'T BELIEVE I DID THIS! Bacon left out overnight.

Discussion in 'Food Safety' started by brisketlover, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. brisketlover

    brisketlover Newbie

    So. I smoked my first side of bacon yesterday. Once I pulled it off the smoker, I cooled it off in the refrigerator. Several hours later, (at 6 o clock) I took it out, sliced it up, and put it in plaistic bags to be frozen. This is when I had to go do something, I thought I would just be gone for a minute, but I forgot about it, and didn't think of it again until this morning. I remembered it, at 9 AM, and immediately put it in the refrigerator. It smells and looks just fine, but I do not feel comfortable eating it unless I know it is safe to eat.

    Something else I should add, is that it has no nitrates in it.

    What say you? Is it safe? or should I get rid of it.
  2. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    No Nitrates is the norm for bacon but did you add Nitrites?
  3. brisketlover

    brisketlover Newbie

    No, just salt, and sugar.
  4. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    The USDA does not recommend leaving bacon cured without nitrites left at room temperature for any length of time.

  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Yep...It is not unlike leaving a Pork Butt out all night. No Cure? What temp was it smoked at and how long?...JJ
  6. brisketlover

    brisketlover Newbie

    No cure. My mom is afraid of nitrites/nitrates. I smoked it at 210 for 4 hours to 155-169 IT
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    No cure at al---No good after all that time.


  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Unfortuantely I would be afraid of eating the meat. Your Mom like to eat Salads? Celery, Spinach, maybe Beets? Way more Nitrate/Nitrites in that stuff than in your Bacon...JJ[​IMG]

    A little reading, although if like my Mom, she will be hard to sway... http://chriskresser.com/the-nitrate-and-nitrite-myth-another-reason-not-to-fear-bacon/
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2016

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