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holding in cooler question

Discussion in 'Pork' started by ralphbrown05, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. ok on sep 4th i stated in a previous post that im doing a welcome home party for my cousin who just got back from africa, cuz hes in the marines, and im doing a 7 pound pork shoulder, a 9 poundish brisket, and about 3 racks of spares, we want to eat around 12 or 1 due to family having to travel long distances...so i want to give my self plenty of time to smoke the brisket, but my question is if my brisket gets done a few hours before im expecting it to be, by wrapping it in several layers of heavy duty alum foil, wrapping it in some towels, and sticking it in a cooler, how long should the food stay warm for?  ive never done this before so thats why im asking
  2. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I just did this with some PB last week and left it overnight in the cooler wrapped in 2 layers of foil and about 6 towels and when I pulled it from the cooler it was still too hot to handle after 6 hours
  3. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Scarbelly is right - you can keep things hot for hours. I have gone 4 hours and the meat is still too hot to handle, expecially if you have the cooler pretty full.