I know I'm beating a dead horse but....

Discussion in 'Food Safety' started by ajh86, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. ajh86

    ajh86 Newbie

    Another question about a pork butt that didnt get to temperature. From what ive read in these forums, it sounds like my bradley electric heating element went out (on the second use, yay!) The pork was in the smoker a good 10 hours, highest temp i saw was around 110-120. I did puncture the meat and brined it overnight before dry rubbing and putting in the smoker. Question is, should i trash it?
  2. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I wouldn't eat it.  Those aren't nearly safe temps!

  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The pork butt was sitting in the prime temperature zone for growing pathogens for 10+ hours... Like Mike5051, I wouldn't eat it... If anyone gets sick, the gasoline to the hospital is more than the butt costs....
  4. floridasteve

    floridasteve Smoking Fanatic

    Wise advice ^^^^^^

    Your experience does drive home a point, though.
    Even with state of the art set and forget equipment, things can and do go wrong. One needs to at least monitor temps every hour or two, even on overnight smokes.
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    There is a BIG difference between the meat IT Never going above 110...and...After 10 hours Found it at 110°F.

    If you were Sure it had gotten higher, above 140, and you were asleep and missed it finding it at 110, cold weather in your area, the risk would be minimumized. If over the 10 hour period, you never saw it get above 110, that is a different story and is one situation that I would have to say too risky. So need more Specific Details or toss it...JJ 
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2015
  6. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Of course, goes without saying that make sure your therms are all correct and it only takes a second to test them for accuracy.

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