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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13 16 7:23 pm    Post subject: What temp is to low? Reply with quote

So I'm doing four butts this weekend and was wondering to myself...what temp is to low to smoke at? I know low and slow, but at what temp is it to low? would 180 be to low, unsafe or dry the meat? Thoughts? Thanks, Ken
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13 16 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The lowest recommended SAFE temperature for your low and slow cooking is 250-275 degrees, this is from the USDA / FSIS folks and your local health department.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13 16 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

180 is definitely too low. Safety aside, you would just be wasting a lot of time and effort. Pork butt won't be pull apart tender until it reaches an internal temperature North of 200, so 180 degrees will never get you there anyway. Find the temp north of 225 your cooker runs at most efficiently, and let it ride. As long as you're in the 225-325 range with pork butts, you will be fine. Only major difference will be amount of time it takes to finish.

Light fire, put meat on, keep fire burning efficient, pull meat off when it probes tender like butter. It really is that simple.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14 16 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem with cooking below 225 is how long a large cut of meat sits in the danger zone. Cooking at real low temps warms the meat to death, does nothing in breaking down connective tissue and rendering fat. For 15-20 years I swore by 225. Anything between 250-275 is fine by me now. Better product, less time less fuel.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14 16 5:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup. When I was starting out, I used to fuss about trying to keep the temp around 225, but now I cook pork butts in the 260-280 range and they always turn out great.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14 16 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The lowest I cook is 250°
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14 16 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the explination...
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