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    Is the meat ruined?!!!

    Was smoking 2 pork butts last night and the breaker tripped that the smoker was plugged into. It had only smoked for 1 hour and then sat with no heat for 6 hours. The meat was at 81 degrees when I reset the breaker. It is now continuing but I'm worried about bacteria having formed. Any thoughts on whether it's ok to eat it?

    Thanks for any help!

    #2
    Ouch. I'd worry enough about that to probably chunk. Does it smell Rancid? It's likely that it stayed in the danger zone for a lot of bad stuff to grow on that.

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      #3
      It’s very unlikely that your meat got to 140F in 4 hours. It is highly likely it sat inside the danger zone for too long, as Jerod says above. If it was me, I’d chuck it.

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        #4
        Thanks. I think you are right. Not worth the risk.

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          #5
          I never risk it ....throw out not worth it.

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            #6
            Man that sucks. But better sad than sorry. Food poisoning sucks worse!

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              #7
              My motto is “If in doubt throw it out.”

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              #8
              That stinks but you made the right call.

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