Putting pork shoulder in a cooler with towels???

Discussion in 'Pork' started by thebigbutch, Aug 21, 2015.

  1. thebigbutch

    thebigbutch Newbie

    Doing my first pork shoulder for a tailgate tomorrow at the Eagles preseason game ... Should be a nice day of boozing

    Put in in my smoker @11pm ... When it's all done do I need to put it in a cooler with towels??? What is the purpose of it?

    I plan on ... Hope to ... Have it ready to come off around 8am

    Thanks for the help
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You can hold it for several hours at a safe temp if you put it in a cooler with towels. So if you pull it at 8am you can keep it warm to serve by 11 or so without having to reheat it.
  3. The time in the cooler is called resting. The meat continues cooking after pulling the roast from the smoker. The towels and the cooler are insulation, to help keep the meat temp high while the colagen turns to gel. I rested butts in a cooler with towels for over five hours and the internal temp was still 160 when I got them out and pulled the pork. That was the best pulled pork I've made.
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  4. magnus

    magnus Fire Starter

    Couldn't be explained better.  
  5. dcarch

    dcarch Smoking Fanatic

    There is no need for the towel if the cooler is insulated.

  6. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Did we forget to foil first.......that would be one messy towel and cooler      [​IMG][​IMG]  
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  7. gditys

    gditys Fire Starter

  8. gditys

    gditys Fire Starter

    yes true great point
  9. The towels are insurance against clowns who would walk up looking for a beer in the cooler. When they see the towels, they close the lid and try another cooler. Otherwise, when they see the foil wrapped butts, they touch them and make butt jokes. Please tell me that I'm not the only one who has seen clowns at a family reunion.

    Oh, and another thing. There is no need for the cooler if enough towels are used. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2015
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