Smoker stopped overnight

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by flywatt, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. flywatt

    flywatt Newbie

    I started 2 8lb pork butts at midnight last night in my MES. Woke up at 5am to check on them to discover a dead smoker. Smoke box was about 130 degrees, butts read 108. I threw them in the oven to try and salvage them. Should I be concerned about serving this food to guests?
  2. jcbigler

    jcbigler Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Any idea how long the smoker was off for?

    At 130 your only just a few degrees below the recomended holding temp of 140.

    I think you'll be ok.
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    As long as you didn't inject the butts before smoking them they should be fine.

  4. flywatt

    flywatt Newbie

    I definitely injected them.
  5. flywatt

    flywatt Newbie

    No idea, maybe 2 hours.
  6. smokesontuesday

    smokesontuesday Smoking Fanatic

    Toss it. Much cheaper to buy a new pork butt than go to the hospital.
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2016
  7. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Just me saying, but I'd be inclined to keep them.

  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    What temp was the Oven at and how long was the meat in it? At 5 hours there is not likely an issue but you have to count oven time into the overall timing...JJ
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2016
  9. walta

    walta Smoke Blower

    To my ear the facts are 16 pounds of injected meat whose temperature was in the danger zone (over 45° under 140°) for close to 6 hours.

    This is a choice you will have to make for yourself.

    I think it would be in my trash can.


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