Quick food safety question

Discussion in 'Pork' started by firewife, Sep 9, 2014.

  1. firewife

    firewife Fire Starter

    How long can I rest a pulled pork without refrigerating it before it becomes a safety hazard not to be refrigerated?  

    I'm smoking a butt for some friends who had a baby a couple days ago and of course the finicky pig appears to be finishing about two hours early.  So I had planned for it to be done at 3 and bring to them at 4 but it's going to be done around 1 so if they don't eat it until dinner then it would have rested in foil for about 3-4 hours.  I hate to refrigerate it only for them to heat it up a short time later.

  2. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You should be fine if you wrap in heavy foil, then towels and place in a cooler straight out of the oven in a warm spot, Not next to an AC Vent for example.

    You can pull it right before you get there, the key is to keep it above 140° and should not be a problem.

    I have gone two hours + on Butts/Picnics and it was too hot to pull by hand.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2014
  3. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    Second that! Wrapping and putting in a cooler works very well.
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    No Problem!!

    My Son did the same as SQWIB mentioned above for 6 hours, and he said it was still almost too hot to touch.

  5. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Easy as Squib says . . .

    Have fun and . . .
  6. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes - I will "third" that.

    Ensure that it stays above 140 F (60 C) for the 2-3 hours resting and to be absolutely sure you should reheat to 165 F (74 C) just before serving.
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Going from smoker to cooler, wrapped in foil and blankets, will get you 5-6 hours of hold time above 140°F. Since there is no possible way it could get contaminated, there is no need to reheat unless it got too cool to eat and enjoy. Even if as you were wrapping it you Coughed and Sneezed on it and the Dog took a bite...There is no need to worry about contamination as all those bacteria are landing on a 180°- 200°+ meat surface. NOTHING could survive that. This is what makes the cooler technique so nice from a safety stand point...JJ
  8. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    I could definitely have done with the dog bite remark?

    For the love of all that is good, cut a piece off for the dam dog!  You know you love him!

    Other than that, you have the straight word from the experts.

    Smoke on!

    Good luck and good smoking.
  9. firewife

    firewife Fire Starter

    LOL...  My dog licks his own butt and would be happy to eat a whole block of cheese.  He is not worthy of 14 hour smoked pork butt!!!
  10. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If you don't give that dog a slice of meat?

    I wish you one year of missing socks!

    Good luck and good smoking.

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