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  • Re: Austin Area Egghead Meetup Saturday/Sunday?

    CTMike said:

    How did your presentation go while the 7 dwarves were mining in your head?
    He was actually pretty well behaved yesterday. We got our drink on early and tapered off. He's actually a responsible adult if you can believe that!

  • Re: Another "Is it OK to eat it" question

    Short answer is you are fine to eat that.

    As far as “why or why not”- The unknown in this case is how long did it take to cool from 175 to 40 in the fridge? It actually takes longer to cool when wrapped so the safest thing to do would be to throw it in the fridge (or freezer) unwrapped and wrap and place in the fridge once it has clearly started to cool and gets closer to 40 degrees. 

    What you did is basically a start/stop method cook which is actually quite common down here even at famous bbq restaurants. They take briskets up to the stall then blast cool them and store for several days. They will then pull them and finish for Service when they are ready for them. I use this method somewhat often but I do prefer to use the freeer to blast cool it through the danger zone before throwing in the fridge (if I have room) Puting a huge hot hunk of meat in the fridge will also warm up everything else in there for a few hours so if you don’t have a very good fridge, it can create problems for you. 

    In order to be in danger on this cook, it would have had to be in the danger zone (between 40 and 135) for longer than 4 hours. That is highly unlikely and even so, conditions would have had to be perfect for those few minutes to breed anything that could make you sick. Considering you pulled this out of a smoker beforehand, that is almost impossible. It’s far more likely that you would get sick from the mayo that has had several different knives stuck in it for months (or something else like that) that heated up for hours from being close to a hot butt you put in there than the butt itself. 

    So, you are fine but in practice, it’s actually safer to let the butt cool on the counter unwrapped for an hour or 2 than to throw in in your fridge right off the egg. It will cool faster once in the fridge and it worn’t heat up other things around it in the fridge. Those are the things that are more likely to make you sick from being at unsafe temps because you stuffed a 12lb 175 degree hunk of meat next to them
  • Re: AW/SS3 - Survival of the Fattest

    thetrim said:
    Miney is committed to the cause.  Poor guy.
  • Re: Uuni anyone?

    20stone said:
    The Roccbox has really caught my eye:

    Here is a pretty complete review of the Uuni, Roccbox and Blackstone:

    I have Serious Eats pretty high up on my list of well researched reviews and recipes.
    Me too! That thing is awesome 
  • Re: Deploying with OBR

    We are very fortunate to be able to come home to this after a long day in the trenches. Chez Jones. Good food, good drink, good company

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