How long can you safely keep smoked ribs in an insulated cooler? This is assuming they are tightly wrapped and a few blankets wrapped around them with a microwave hot pad for good measure. The reason I ask is I have some friends that will be in town in 2 weeks. We are going golfing around noon or early afternoon. If I smoke the ribs (3-2-1 method) in the morning will they stay safe in the cooler while we golf? Generally it would be a 4-5 hour round? Or should I just smoke the ribs when we are done golfing and eat later? Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.