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boston butt problem

Discussion in 'Pork' started by smokingbama, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. smokingbama

    smokingbama Newbie

    i ran into a problem I was smoking a butt this morning and my smoker stopped heating for a while (not sure how long). I didn't make the 140 in 4 hours it got to around 117 or so. I am cooking it till 200 but I am not sure if we should eat it or not. Don't want to make anyone sick. 


  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    How long was it in the 40-140? Basically how many hours did it take to get up over 140?
  3. smokingbama

    smokingbama Newbie

    between 5 to 6 hours is my best guess. I bought me a traeger and the pellets were hung on the side and it shut off and i was gone picking up my truck from the shop.
  4. bwsmith_2000

    bwsmith_2000 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You have to make your own decision on whether to eat the butt or not but if it were me, I'd enjoy some really good Q. I don't think you were in the "danger zone" too long. Enjoy!!!!!
  5. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I have ONLY ONE RULE when it comes to food safety. When in doubt throw it out - The roast cost is not worth the cost of a hospital visit

    If you had a better handle on time and temp you could roll the dice but not with this info for me
  6. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    If it were me i would Not fool around with it. Better to be safe than sorry,especially because your not sure how long it sat and what was going on with thw temps while you were gone. I have gotten sick off of bad food before its no fun.  In the end its up to you if you eat it or not,if you feel safe then by all means eat it.
  7. smokingbama

    smokingbama Newbie

    thanks for all the info, i think i am going to be safe on this one. I would rather not get the family sick
  8. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Good Call!

     BTW, Welcome to SMF!
  9. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Yup, toss it.  Not worth it.
  10. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    first thought is to toss it out like others have said. with out knowing you or your sense of food safety practices i would not tell you otherwise. there are other circumstances that could come into play that might lead to a different result of tossing out safe meat.
  11. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You never wanna make the family sick either
  12. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Good call I'd toss it too.