I had planned to serve 3 racks of pork spare ribs for dinner tonight but had to abandon my cook. I was smoking them in my MES set at 225 degrees. Cook seemed to be going slower than usual, there was no pull back on the bones after 3 hours when I usually wrap for 2 hours. I wrapped anyway with some liquid and put them back in. After 2 hours I took them out of the foil, minimal pull back and only slight bend when I picked them up. I put them back in unwrapped and figured dinner was going to be a little late. After 2 more hours, still minimal pull back. Internal temp of the meat was 140 degrees. I took them out, put them in a roasting pan, covered it tightly with foil and put them in the frige, figuring I could finish them tomorrow in the oven. I decided to check the MES temperature accuracy with my Maverick remote. It appears that the MSE is running about 25 degrees lower than set temp. So, apparently I have been smoking the ribs for the better part of the day at about 200 degrees.
So, is the meat safe? Can I safely finish them off tomorrow in the oven or should I just trash them? Any help will be greatly appreciated. I hate to toss that much meat but am willing to chalk it up to experience. I guess I have learned my lesson that I should always double check my temps before smoking. Hopefully I can get whatever parts I need to repair my MES as it is only about 1 1/2 years old and has been running perfectly up until today.