How long can I rest a brisket?

Discussion in 'Beef' started by jimpam, Dec 20, 2015.

  1. jimpam

    jimpam Smoke Blower

    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!
  2. doctord1955

    doctord1955 Smoking Fanatic

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

    jimpam Smoke Blower

    Thanks so much
  4. darthbane1

    darthbane1 Fire Starter

    Plastic then foil or other way around?
  5. jimpam

    jimpam Smoke Blower

    I just foil and then use a towel and place in a cooler. It rested 3 hours and came out great
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    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
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  7. darthbane1

    darthbane1 Fire Starter

    Thank you

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