Hello, I am planning on smoking a 7.5lb brisket for a family gathering.
I'm putting the brisket on the smoker at 8pm Friday night, and will take it off when it reaches 190 degrees. I'm hoping it will get to temp by 6:30 Saturday am. Next, I plan on wrapping it with plenty of foil and towels and storing it in a cooler with a probe still in so I can monitor the temp.
Now, we won't be eating the brisket until 1pm. That's 6.5 hours in the cooler. I understand that the brisket needs to stay above 140 degrees to be safe. Do you think that the brisket will be able to stay above 140 for that long? Also, what happens if it does drop below 140? Will I be able to reheat it in the oven to 140+ to make it safe again?
I'm being very careful since I have a pregnant wife who will be eating the brisket.