What's the longest you can hold a butt for, either in a cooler or in the oven?
I have a 7Lbs and a 7.5Lbs butt that I'll be cooking for my son's birthday party Saturday, and they need to be ready at 11:00AM sharp.
I'm planning to start smoking Friday some time, but I'd also like to get a few hours of uninterrupted sleep Friday night if possible. I'm thinking 12-14 hours to bring the butts up to 200F'ish before I wrap them and let them rest. Ideally I'll pull them out of the smoker around 2:00AM Friday night, however that would mean a 9 hour rest til lunch. If they get done earlier it could be a 10-12 hour rest.
If I wind up with a 10-12 hour rest, would it be better to pull the pork, then put it in the refrigerator, and then reheat about an hour before the party? Or could I keep them in a cooler/oven for that long?