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How long can I rest a brisket?

post #1 of 7
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so my family wants my brisket along with the usual turkeys I smoke for Christmas this year. While planning and timing things out I was wondering - what is the max I could let my brisket rest (wrapped in towels in my yeti cooler)? I usually rest them 2 hours or so on a typical smoke. I don't want them to tighten up or dry; thanks in advance for any reply - I learn SO much on this forum!
post #2 of 7

I've had mine wrapped in plastic and tinfoil wrapped in 2 beach towels in a cooler for 4 hrs and had no problem!

post #3 of 7
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Thanks so much
post #4 of 7
Plastic then foil or other way around?
post #5 of 7
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I just foil and then use a towel and place in a cooler. It rested 3 hours and came out great
post #6 of 7

Wrapped in a cooler, meat will not dry out and the gelatin will not set and firm the meat until the meat gets below 45°F. There is no issue holding 4-5 hours and it will still be hot. Beyond that the temp drops slowly and it will keep safely another 4 hours. At 8 hours it may be colder than you would wish to eat it but there is no safety issue if wrapped Hot and undisturbed...JJ

post #7 of 7
Thank you
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