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Old 08-21-2010, 01:12 PM   #1
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so if i get this right you have 4 hours to get the meat from the fridge into the smoker with meat temp to get to 140*. is this right? if so what would be the lowest temp to smoke meat at? i know at 250* my butts are 160* at 5 hours. thats safe. just wondering what the lowest pit temp can be? just want to be safe!!! thanks in advance.
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Old 08-21-2010, 02:31 PM   #2
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if so what would be the lowest temp to smoke meat at?
In theory and my guess would be 140 degrees. It would probably take a little more heat to surpass 140 internal in 4 hrs. I'm sure there are some math geeks around here who can answer you better.
The lowest temp recommendation i have seen is 200 in any recipe.
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Good question, though not sure what the lowest would be. I do know that the mass of the meat is heated in an endothermic fashion, where the meat absorbs the energy in the form of heat. So there is not a direct correlation from a lower temp = x extra time. AND.. here is where my memory of biophysics ends!
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According to the latest guidelines as taught by ServeSafe and our local health department the danger zone is now 41 - 135.
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