- Joined Dec 4, 2016
Attempted overnight cook. Traeger Pellet grill. Temp malfunctioned & butt was on the smoker and the smoker temp was at 120-140 degrees for about 6 hours. Internal meat temp 100 degrees when I found this. I put in a pan and foiled turning grill up. 4-5 hours later, meat temp is 200 degrees. Later, I read that one should not have the grill temp below 180 degrees for more than 2 hours during the initial cook. Is there any need to worry that the long initial low temp has created unsafe meat? Does the final temp of 200 degrees kill any bacteria or problems created by the low temp. I usually cook pork butt in the 180-225 range.