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Advice needed Smoker Turned Off

Discussion in 'Pork' started by LetsRunEm, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. LetsRunEm

    LetsRunEm Newbie

    I'm using a MES and put a butt on around midnight cooking at 235 degrees. I woke up at around 630am to put a little more wood chips in it and check on things. The butt was sitting at around 165 and I figured it would stay there for a while stalling.

    I know that as of 8 am the power was still on at the house. But at 1030 am I went back to check on things and add a some wood chips. The butt was at 165 degrees and the smoker temp was 91 degrees. The smoker was off and the clocks in the house were flashing so the power must have flickered.

    I turned it back on at 240 degrees and it's been going ever since. Is my Boston butt still good? I was going to take it to a tailgate tonight with friends and know I'm probably over reacting but I need some reassurance.
  2. smokerjim

    smokerjim Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would say your good to go, I'm sure some of the pros will be around with their advice.
  3. bregent

    bregent Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    If the meat temp was still at 165 then you have nothing to worry about. I don't have a MES so won't comment on the possible causes, but just wanted to mention that a remote thermometer with a low temp alarm is a great thing to have for overnight cooks.
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  4. jbellard

    jbellard Smoking Fanatic

    You are good. If your temp had been below 140 I would say be careful but at 165 you could eat it. Obviously you want to get it up closer to 200-205 for pulled pork.
    Eat away!
  5. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Your good
  6. LetsRunEm

    LetsRunEm Newbie

    It was at 165 this morning and I'm not sure how long it had been since the power flickered bit at a maximum it could have only been 2.5 hours and the shoulder never cooled off below 165

    It's still rolling and is sitting at about 190 degrees and I'm going to go to about 203 when I pull it off the smoker. Hopefully the couple break in smoking didn't hurt the taste!
  7. jbellard

    jbellard Smoking Fanatic

    Trust me it’ll be fine!
  8. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Your good to go, don't worry about it.

  9. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    No problem at all.
  10. motolife313

    motolife313 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Run a stick burner u won’t have any problems with your smoker turning off