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CRAP!! Woke up to a cool smoker! Is my meat gonna be ok?!?!

post #1 of 4
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2 7.5# pork butts on a wsm, got them on the smoker at 10:30 pm, fell asleep at 1am.  They were spiking at the time at temps 250+, i closed some vents pretty well and fell asleep.  Woke up at 5:30am and the smoker was only at 175F.  I went out to find only a small portion of the bottom was lit but still going (not completely out or anything).  I got it back to temp and I probed the meat and it was right at 140F but started climbing a few degrees when i got the smoker back up. 

 

Am I screwed?  Or will I be ok?  I always see people talk about meat going back if it sits too long under 140F but of course im right on the edge.  What do you guys think?  I dont want anyone getting sick.

post #2 of 4

Judging from the conditions you describe you will be OK.  I am assuming you injected?

 

175 F is not an orthodox temp, but it is a legally safe temperature.

 

At anyrate get the smoker up to 250 to 275 and let the met come back up to temp.  You need to pass through 165 F with the meat.

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its been about an hour and shes up to 168 (the butt that is), i think im gonna be fine.  Just hope she tastes ok

post #4 of 4

The butts will be fine, you are going to like the super low, super slow method.

 

Many many times I take it through 130 F and hold it for hours by reducing the heat.  Using the time duration USDA table you can do it safely.

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