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Doing my first shoulder.  My maverick says I am at 120 (and climbing) at exactly 4 hours into the cook.  I am worried that I am missing the 40 to 140 window.  Master Forge propane smoker temp has been steady 220 to 225. 


Worried about safety......

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Did you put the probe in when you put the shoulder in the smoker or did you wait for 3 or 4 hours before probing it? If you didn't inject or probe the shoulder you do not have to worry about the 40-140 rule. If on the other hand you put the probe in at the start you need to get it thru the zone in 4 hours. Personally I have had them take a little longer than 4 hours & they were alright. Most of us don't put a probe in butts or brisket until 3 or 4 hours into the cook. This way you don't have to sweat the 40-140 rule. Good luck & keep us posted.

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Yup I put the probe in right away.  I have scrubbed the shoulder....I am going to Disney land tomorrow and can't risk it.  Damn....not sure what happened.

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