Is it safe?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by menk45, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. menk45

    menk45 Fire Starter

    Yesterday I smoked a 10 lbs butt on my 18.5 WSM.  It stalled at 165 and took FOREVER to reach 195.

    At 165 I had wrapped it in foil.

    At 195 I pulled it out, wrapped in a  towel and put it in a cooler...with the intention of waiting about an hour and pulling it.

    Well, it was getting kinda late and I fell asleep...woke up 5 hours later.

    I figured I had just wasted 10 lbs of meat, but got up anyway to check on it.  The internal temp was 143.

    I am going to pull it anyway, but will it still be safe to eat? 

    Thanks guys.
  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    You did un-intentionally what most of us do intentionally.   Nothing wrong with leaving in wrapped in foil for a couple of hours after reaching safe temps.  Bet it's one good tasting pork butt.
  3. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    yep what Al said... Dont forget the qveiw

  4. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yep what the other 2 said. I have left them in the cooler longer then that and been just fine, I personally think it makes them juicer.
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    You're fine...Enjoy...JJ
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Yep what they said & don't forget your camera!
  7. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Just sink your teeth in to it and enjoy
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    You are fine to eat this meat. Like Al has said we all have done it and some of us do it on purpose. You can smoke a butt or brisket and let it sit in the cooler till it reaches and 140° temp you are fine just no lower.

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