So, my brother's birthday is in mid-August and the whole family is heading up to Nashville to visit him --well, almost the whole family. Unfortunately, the wife and I can't go; but to make amends, I want to send some nice, smoky meat with my parents.
They're leaving on a Wednesday morning and will not arrive in Nashville until Thursday. So, I'm looking for some opinions on when to do the cook and how best to pack it for the trip.
Bubba likes beef, so I'm gonna send him a brisket flat and either some spareribs or (most likely a) pork butt or two for everyone else.
So, since they're leaving mid-week, should I take the time off and cook on Monday night - Tuesday or should I just do it the weekend before?
I'm planning to send the brisket (& possible ribs) whole and pull the pork before hand. What's the best way to package it for transport? Should I break down and get a vacuum sealer? Obviously a cooler and some dry ice is in order, but should I freeze the meat before hand?
This is new for me and I'd hate to send $100+ worth of meat and have it turn before it arrived. On the other hand I'd hate to cook it so early that I eat it all.
Anyway, just looking for some advice, no pressure!