Temperature Drop

Discussion in 'Pork' started by smokinnewb2009, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. At 4am, the temperature in my smoker was 300. I set my alarm to get up and check on it, but it did not go off. At 8am I got up and the internal temparture of the pork butts was 140........are they still ok? Or do I need to toss?
  2. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Should be fine.

    Take care, have fun, and do good!


  3. smokeguy

    smokeguy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Funny how often people set their alarms and they don't go off, especially if it's a work day.[​IMG] My wife can hit the snooze button so many times that I've gotten up and done all my "stuff" and then she'll finally wake up and say something about the alarm not going off and I just laugh at her.

    You're fine if you put them on at 4'ish. 4 hours is a nice general guideline to hit 140 in as a max time.
  4. teleburst

    teleburst Meat Mopper

    And if you haven't inserted a probe, you've got a lot longer, especially if you haven't get it come to room temp before you put it on. from the 4 hour rule. If the surface is unpunctured, you're fine. Someone wrote about this in another thread. You'll find some information here:


    You'll need to scroll down to see the various charts, and to me, they're not all that clear, but they clearly distinguish between "whole muscle meats" and other foods.

    Remember that the main part of the butt isn't exposed to oxygen, which is critical for nasties growth. That is, unless you puncture it with a probe. This is assuming that you're cooking at at least 225-250.

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