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Jthomasdee

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I know it's been asked before but this is a specific scenario. Safety question. Getting to specifics right away. Have two bone in pork butts which I started at 1:30 am. Set at 225. Wanted to take about three to four hour nap. Checked one last time around 2:20 and smoker going well, temp looked good, internal temp was still under 100 using the temp sensors that came with the SmokePro DLX. Checked at 5:30 and flame was out. Internal probes showed like 104 for one and 107 for the second. After frantic internet search and waking my wife (another mistake) I decided to restart and press on. It's going right now. Not sure when flame went out but to the touch meat was slightly warm. Was able to get them back on around 6:30. Is the meat safe? It is for a party. I have about 12 hours. Again, bone in, no injections, used to dry rubs, s&p&garlic, and then a BBQ rub. Wife thinks we're good, I'm nervous.
 
Listen to your wife and continue on with the cook.
Pork butt is considered a whole muscle cut. Therefore, the inside of the meat is sterile.
Since you did not inject, you're good to go.
Bacteria is on the surface of the meat. So that is what we are more concerned about.
At 225°, the surface temp got hot enough for long enough time to kill bacteria.
The meat did not spoiled either.
Increase the smoker temp to 300° and finish the cook.

Always, use a separate digital probe thermometer with high and low low alarms to monitor chamber temps because "stuff" happens.
 
I know it's been asked before but this is a specific scenario. Safety question. Getting to specifics right away. Have two bone in pork butts which I started at 1:30 am. Set at 225. Wanted to take about three to four hour nap. Checked one last time around 2:20 and smoker going well, temp looked good, internal temp was still under 100 using the temp sensors that came with the SmokePro DLX. Checked at 5:30 and flame was out. Internal probes showed like 104 for one and 107 for the second. After frantic internet search and waking my wife (another mistake) I decided to restart and press on. It's going right now. Not sure when flame went out but to the touch meat was slightly warm. Was able to get them back on around 6:30. Is the meat safe? It is for a party. I have about 12 hours. Again, bone in, no injections, used to dry rubs, s&p&garlic, and then a BBQ rub. Wife thinks we're good, I'm nervous.
Listen to your wife and continue on with the cook.
Pork butt is considered a whole muscle cut. Therefore, the inside of the meat is sterile.
Since you did not inject, you're good to go.
Bacteria is on the surface of the meat. So that is what we are more concerned about.
At 225°, the surface temp got hot enough for long enough time to kill bacteria.
The meat did not spoiled either.
Increase the smoker temp to 300° and finish the cook.

Always, use a separate digital probe thermometer with high and low low alarms to monitor chamber temps because "stuff" happens.
Thanks for the info.
 
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I know it's been asked before but this is a specific scenario. Safety question. Getting to specifics right away. Have two bone in pork butts which I started at 1:30 am. Set at 225. Wanted to take about three to four hour nap. Checked one last time around 2:20 and smoker going well, temp looked good, internal temp was still under 100 using the temp sensors that came with the SmokePro DLX. Checked at 5:30 and flame was out. Internal probes showed like 104 for one and 107 for the second. After frantic internet search and waking my wife (another mistake) I decided to restart and press on. It's going right now. Not sure when flame went out but to the touch meat was slightly warm. Was able to get them back on around 6:30. Is the meat safe? It is for a party. I have about 12 hours. Again, bone in, no injections, used to dry rubs, s&p&garlic, and then a BBQ rub. Wife thinks we're good, I'm nervous.
Thanks everyone for the replies
 
I've said it before. And I'll say it again. Get a wireless thermo that has high/low alarms. The cost of getting sick. Or asking these questions. And not really knowing that you are getting the right answers based on the info given is not worth the risk.
 
I've said it before. And I'll say it again. Get a wireless thermo that has high/low alarms. The cost of getting sick. Or asking these questions. And not really knowing that you are getting the right answers based on the info given is not worth the risk.


With the high price of meat lately, a good wireless thermo set up programmed for monitoring chamber temps will pay for itself. No one likes throwing out meat if they don't need to.
 
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