Pulled Pork Internal Temp

Discussion in 'Pork' started by mule86, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. mule86

    mule86 Fire Starter

    I pulled a 5.5 and 7lb pork butt out of the freezer and put into the fridge to thaw two days ago.  I just loaded them up on my WSM about an hour ago.  This is the first time I've used my Maverick probe to measure the internal temp.  Right now at one hour in my internal temp of my bigger butt has only increased 1 degree to 32.  Smoker has been between 235 and now spiked to 280.  I'm trying to get the spike down but am worried about how long it's taking to get the internal temp up.  I know the 4 hour rule to get above 140 but does that start once the meat reaches 40 degreees?  Is this normal for pork butts to take a while to start rising in temp?  Like I said, it's the first time that I've monitored the internal temp throughout a cook.  Usually I just use my instant read probe.
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    The danger zone is 41 F to 134 F in under 4 hours for meat that doesn't meet the intact muscle rule. It was changed from the 40-140 rule in the 2009 Food Code
  3. mule86

    mule86 Fire Starter

    Thanks.  The meat is taking off now.  110 degrees and should be out of the danger zone in time.  Took over an hour and half to get 5 degrees now it's steadily moving.  Just got a little paranoid there.  If I'm past 134 by 11:30am I'm good to go and I should be with no problem. 
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I'm glad your ut of the woods for the meat once it starts to move it will go an go an go an go. Now that you are on the smoking goodness we are all here for. I know there will be some more Qview so I will keep checking back in. 
  5. mule86

    mule86 Fire Starter

    WSM is a rock holding at 235.  Meat is up to 147.  Out of the danger zone and now just going to take it to 200 and let it rest.  I'm using the clay saucer for the first time in the WSM.  Had one issue for about 30 minutes where I spiked to 285.  It's been between 235-240 for the last 2 1/2 hours.  Haven't even touched a vent.


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