- Joined Apr 6, 2014
I have never had a cook go this way. As best I have determined, the pork butt must have been partially frozen. So I am smoking 6 pork butts about 8lbs each on my wsm 22. The butts were frozen so i moved them to the fridge on Monday night. I believe they were thawed by last night. I started the smoker at 7:30 pm Friday night. Took the butts out, removed from cryovac, rinsed, trimmed, rubbed. No injection but I did cut the fat out that pretty much splits the butt. When I finished at 9:30 the smoker was at 245. I have a cyberq atc. Put the butts on and the temp dropped as normal. Opened vents and set cyberq damper full open. Could only get the temp to 215. I normally run 235. The temp finally came up at 12:45 am. The outside of the butts are only at 126. I know the guideline of 40 to 140 within 4 hours. Normally the outside will reach that without a problem but not today. I kept temp at 250 since 12:45. This is for a family event. My question is...... are they safe to eat when they finish tomorrow? And any ideas what happened? I would assume that the cold water rinse brought them above 40 at 7:30 but I don't know. Thank you for any help. Didn't get any pictures of them after prep and before wrapping. Finished building charcoal tray. Kbb outside and one row in. Royal oak lump near starting.