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How long can I keep pork in cooler?

mattu1665

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I pulled 2 butts off the smoker at 6:30 am, wrapped them in foil and a towel and then placed them in a cooler. We're not eating them until 3:00 pm this afternoon.

My question is, how long can I leave the butts in the cooler before I should pull them out and shred? Could I wait all the way up until it's time to eat?
 

gmc2003

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Your probably going to be safe, but that's 8 1/2 hrs. I myself would come up with a plan B. Maybe shred now and reheat for the chow-down.

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mattu1665

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Your probably going to be safe, but that's 8 1/2 hrs. I myself would come up with a plan B. Maybe shred now and reheat for the chow-down.

Chris
Thanks, I was concerned the meat would dry out if I went that route. I've held butts in a cooler for 4 hours before but never 8 hours.
 

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I've only held them in a cooler for 3 or 4 hours and they were still hot enough to burn you, but 8 1/2 hours is a long time. Maybe hold it in the oven on low.
 

mattu1665

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I've only held them in a cooler for 3 or 4 hours and they were still hot enough to burn you, but 8 1/2 hours is a long time. Maybe hold it in the oven on low.
Thanks, Doug! Should I shred the pork first or wait until ready to eat?
 

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I'd cycle the butt into an oven when the internal falls back down to 150°. This butt was hot held in a roaster oven on 155° for 6 or 7 hours. Make sure you have warmed juices in the foil or pan.
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