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

post #1 of 8
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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.
post #2 of 8

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

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
No, just salt, and sugar.
post #4 of 8

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

 

T

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Originally Posted by Mr T 59874 View Post
 

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

 

T

 

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

post #6 of 8
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No cure. My mom is afraid of nitrites/nitrates. I smoked it at 210 for 4 hours to 155-169 IT
post #7 of 8

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

 

Sorry.

 

 

Bear

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Originally Posted by brisketlover View Post

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

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...JJth_dunno-1[1].gif

 

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/

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