Internal temp question

Discussion in 'Pork' started by thuff13, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. thuff13

    thuff13 Newbie

    I'm smoking a pork shoulder on my MES. The smoker is set at 235. I have a thermometer probe in the pork and when it read 160 I took it out and wrapped it in foil. When I put it back in the smoker and put the thermometer probe back in it read 129. What did I do wrong? I thought I had it in a good spot both times and I don't think it was touching the bone.
  2. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Smoke on!

    Grab a cold one out of the cooler.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    It's not unusual for the temp to drop a bit when you take it out to wrap but not usually that much. If you hit a pocket of fat it will also give a false reading. Try moving the probe and smoke on
  4. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yep!  Continue the smoking process.  I can't explain the temp difference but I do know at 129 it ain't there yet.

  5. demosthenes9

    demosthenes9 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That much of a temp difference probably means that you are too close to the bone or hit a fat pocket.   That, or your probe suddenly flaked out.  Pull the probe and test in a couple of other spots.
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  6. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    1 What Thermo probe are you using?

    2 How long was the meat in the CC?

    3 What was the actual temp showing in the smoker?


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  7. westby

    westby Smoking Fanatic

    What you found is exactly why I do not use my Maverick meat probe to tell me when the meat is done.  I think that they can have a tendency to give a false reading (especially when a large portion of the probe is sticking out of the meat).  I use them as a reference, but then validate with my Thermapen.  What I typically find is that the meat isn't really at the temp my Maverick shows (and the Maverick is tested/validated in boiling water).  Just a theory, but I think that the exposed probe might be absorbing the radiant heat and eventually give you some false high readings.

  8. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have found the probe will conduct heat down it's length and report a high temp. reading.... That takes times... to overcome it, I wait until the meat should be close to final temp. and insert the probe full length, into the meat, to reduce the heat absorbing area of the probe... You can also wrap the exposed probe in foil to help reduce the effect of the smoker heat on it....

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