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

Discussion in 'Pork' started by nrok2118, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. nrok2118

    nrok2118 Fire Starter

    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.
  2. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    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.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2010
  3. nrok2118

    nrok2118 Fire Starter

    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
  4. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    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.