may have ruined pork butt... need advice

Discussion in 'Food Safety' started by logancp, Mar 18, 2015.

  1. logancp

    logancp Newbie


    I ran into a problem with my cook tonight so I figured this would be the place to ask for help

    I started a pork butt on my traeger tonight at around 9:00pm, I had the grill on "smoke" running at about 130°, I intended to leave it on smoke for a few hours then turn it to 225°.

    I ended up falling asleep watching TV and woke up at 3:30am with the grill still on smoke, at that point I turned the temp up. Meat temp at that point was about 115°.
    So is it safe to eat still or not?? What are your thoughts?

  2. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    If you go by the USDA guidelines the answer is no. Based on the time line you gave it was in the danger zone for over 6 (and probably over 7) hours and anything over 4 hours is considered unsafe.

    Some people might say yes it is safe but that is a big gamble. I personally don't like gambling with the chance of getting serious food poisoning so if it was me I would throw it away and start over.
  3. Better Safe than sorry,   Lesson Learned

  4. sota d

    sota d Smoking Fanatic

    Definitely toss it. You need to get it out of the danger zone(40*-140*) in 4 hours or risk food poisoning. Def not worth the risk. Guess you'll just have to do another one and post pics for us! :) David.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2015

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