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Newbie needing HELP!

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Brand new to the site, been using the search function all night though. Need some advice.


I won a Masterbuilt electric smoker from work and fired it up last night. Did the seasoning, and everything went smooth. Around 2:30AM I put a 10lb pork but at 230 degrees on. Went to sleep but set alarm for 3 hours. When I got up, the smoker had shut off at some point. No idea when! Meat was warm to the touch, the smoker said it was 86 degrees inside, so I immediately fired it back up. Been running strong at 230 degrees since with no issues.

My question, is the meat possibly bad? I have no idea how long it was off in that 3 hour time frame. Outside temp was mid 50s last night. Should I throw it out or is it ok?


Many thanks in advance for your help here!

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Welcome from SC. Glad to have you on the site. IMHO, the cooker was at 86* after only 3 hours. The meat never had a chance to get into the safe zone. I know it's about $35 or $40, but it's not the chance I'm going to take. You will get some other replies, but that's my $0.02 worth.

There are great folks here who will gladly share their ideas and tips. All you have to do is ask and keep reading. Good luck and good smokin', Joe
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What was the temp of the meat? I think that would be important for me to know before throwing out considering it was only a couple of hours with the smoker off. 

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