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Ok, being the over concerned person that I am and still an obvious newbie...I just spent 20 1/2 hours nursing a couple 9 pound butts.  They never did reach 200* (188*).  They hit the 140* mark just over 3 hours into the smoke.  I didn't foil until I decided to go ahead and pull them.  Spritzed with a cider/vinegar mix in the gasser with pretty constant temps between 225* and 235*.  

 

For the probes, I'm pretty confident they were spot on because I restuck them and also stuck a couple of spares I had that were accurate before I stuck them and all were within a couple degrees.  I've done probably a dozen butts to this point and I did do two at a time a few weeks ago with no issues.

 

I guess my question is, could it be the meat? Is it safe for consumption?

post #2 of 7

Yes it is safe.

 

You hit a stall.  Best to stab around with a large metal fork and break up the water hysterious.  But you made i through in the right temperature for it to be safe to eat or reheat.


Edited by bbally - 8/22/10 at 8:14am
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bally, thanks for the reply and apologize for the panic moment.  I'm working on that part of it all. lol  It shredded and pulled apart nicely and tasted great.  

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  It shredded and pulled apart nicely and tasted great.  


it better have...............that's a long time to wait it out.      ..........for staying with it!
 

post #5 of 7
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I just spent 20 1/2 hours nursing a couple 9 pound butts.

 



 20 and 1/2 hours????  Man, you got more patience than I do.  Maybe that's why I'm playing in the beef arena for now.  Now, where was that Stufz or something link?  I know it won't beat me home.

post #6 of 7

Dean,

You got through the danger zone in great time, but maybe you should have gone to 30 hours.

I think there's an empty page in the Guinness Book for "longest time smoking a pork butt".

Probably fit right next to this one:

http://community.guinnessworldrecords.com/_Largest-serving-of-roast-pork/photo/8159514/7691.html

 

Through the danger zone in plenty of time & it tasted great. That's what counts.

Bear

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NWDave - LOL, I've been trying to do a butt without foil and talk about a stall?? LOL  Every time I've foiled at 165* I get great finishing results as far as time.  

 

Bear - LOL I probably could have gone to 30 hours! LMAO  Had I only known I could have set a record and still had some great tasting chow.  Yeah, the last 3 I've done have climbed right through 140* in well under 4 hours...it's been get past 160*--162* and then again at 170* and 180*, well you get the picture! haha  

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