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FTC question for you guys...

has anyone had a bad experience with the ftc method?  for pork shoulder, brisket, etc?  i am trying to find out if anyone has a time frame they think is too long for the meat to sit in a cooler.  thanks for any insight.  this forum is so helpful!


  • tgklemantgkleman Posts: 214
    I just FTCd a pork shoulder this past week.  FTCd at noon, and drove 4.5 hours to beach and pulled for dinner.  It was probably in the cooler for 6 hours, and was still very hot when I pulled.  I didnt check the temperature but I am confident it was above 140.  The meal was excellent, and as an added bonus, nobody got sick... so I am assuming 6 hours is a safe number.
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 3,101
    Based on what I have read here, I have concluded (maybe wrongly) that 6 hours is about the limit for FTC.  As a result, this weekend when I had 11 hours between a completed brisket and a party, I refrigerated the brisket and reheated it.

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  • robnybbqrobnybbq Posts: 1,853
    I have done 5 hours on Pork Butts FTC.  The outdoor temps were in the 80's as well.  And still burned my hands.

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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 8,222

    Here's a great link on FTC and time-  BTW- his main site is a wealth of information for ceramic cooking and related topics.  Check it out sometime. 

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  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    Here is what I found, using a single butt, a vanilla Wal*Mart cooler, some foil and lots of beach towels:

    How Long Can You Hold Meat In A Cooler?


    So, it was above 140 for just about 5.5 hours, but then of course, you still have a couple of hours after that
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 8,222
    edited July 2013
    Posts passing in the ether! :)
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  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    Are we in ether?  Doesn't smell like it?  :))
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  • hondabbqhondabbq Posts: 1,419
    Just did a 15 lb packer last weekend. Cut off the point for burnt ends and FTC'd the flat. First time doing the FTC thing, went 5 hours. Being curious took a temp with my thermapen and it was 134F. In a Coleman cooler Preheated with hot water from the tap half full for 30 minutes. Flat wrapped in 2 towels cooler lined with a towel. Don't have much faith in the length of time over a couple hours at best. Still ate it and all were well.

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  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,299
    I personally have held a boston butt in a smaller lunch size cooler for 8 hours and pulled it with an IT of *150. I used a whole bunch of commercial grade foil and a few towels. Never had a problem with it. The smaller coolers seem to help holding the temp.

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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 9,208
    edited July 2013
    It has always been my understanding the the internal temp of a chunk of meat is not the issue, it's the external temp. In other words, if you stick a T-pen into a butt and it reads 140-150°... what is the surface temp? 120°? Lower? There should be no bacteria in the middle of a butt. The outside? Maybe.

    Anyway, hare's a post from a guy who will generally eat anything!  


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