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How long can I hold a thawed, rubbed/seasoned pork butt?

itsmceitsmce Posts: 410
My Sunday morning pork butt cook couldn't happen because of issues with my LBGE. In the process of prepping for a new gasket (thanks, @RRP ) I decided to take the guts out of my now, mostly clean, egg I discovered that the firebox has a crack that nearly circles the firebox. Honestly, I was surprised that it didn't fall apart into two pieces when I removed it this morning. I don't know how soon I can get a replacement firebox. I suspect I'll have the new gasket on Thursday. 
Could it possibly be safe to hold the thawed and prepped for cooking pork butt until Friday or Saturday? That seems like a really long time. I don't want to waste it. I don't have another means of cooking it other than indoor options - which would be WAY inferior.
Large (sometimes wish it were an XL) in KS

Comments

  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 16,545
    Did the firebox ring fall apart? If not put it back in there and use it to cook the butt. I have seen egg heads use them in 3-4 pieces and still cook with them with no noticeable damage or cooking issues.
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    Louisville, Kentucky
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 24,223
    I would cook now and pull when finished.  Then use a reheat (plenty of options via the search function here or thru google and eggheadforum).  The smoke presence always seems better a few days after the cook.  FWIW-
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 14,803
    This isn't what you asked, but it's not necessary to use a gasket. Lots of guys cook without one. Might burn a little extra lump, but so what.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 8,139
    edited July 13
    Im betting there is enough salt that it will be fine, if not partially cured after a few days ...you are basically doing the first steps of a whole muscle cure 
    Visalia, Ca

    LGBE- Pit's by Klose Trailer -Stumps XL Stretch - Custom Santa Maria-Modified HD Offset Smoker Reverse Flow- FatStack Smoker FS120 coming soon Fat Stacks 500- Blackstone 36 Blackstone 22 - Custom Cold Smoke House and a lonely Brinkman Vertical Smoker
  • itsmceitsmce Posts: 410
    My other issue is that I currently do not have a gasket. The dome doesn’t fit tightly all the way around. There’s a bit of a gap at the back so I’m not sure how successful I can be at keeping the temp steady. AND if I don’t cook at all before I get the replacement gasket I figure the edges will remain clean/grease-free.
    Large (sometimes wish it were an XL) in KS
  • RyanStlRyanStl Posts: 367
    This isn't going to be a popular answer here, but I would throw into the slow cooker.  It's pork butt, not like you'll be sacrificing an expensive cut of meat, and it'll still taste good. Inferior yes, but still good.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 27,969
    you can make a loose tinfoil gasket that will seal well enough if you cant hold temps without one. i was using a twenty piece firebox and ring before getting a new one, thats not an issue
    fukahwee maine

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  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 8,139
    you can make a loose tinfoil gasket that will seal well enough if you cant hold temps without one. i was using a twenty piece firebox and ring before getting a new one, thats not an issue
    This is what I do if I want ultra low, i make a Reynolds Gasket 
    Visalia, Ca

    LGBE- Pit's by Klose Trailer -Stumps XL Stretch - Custom Santa Maria-Modified HD Offset Smoker Reverse Flow- FatStack Smoker FS120 coming soon Fat Stacks 500- Blackstone 36 Blackstone 22 - Custom Cold Smoke House and a lonely Brinkman Vertical Smoker
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