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Pork Shoulder Resting Time

Discussion in 'Pork' started by uberhack, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. uberhack

    uberhack Fire Starter

    Hi Gang.

    I have a nice shoulder finishing in the oven right now. Big thanks to meowey and his guide in the Pork Sticky section. My house smells incredible!

    My question is, how long can I leave it to rest wrapped up in the foil-towels-cooler stage?

    I'm not sure I'll be able to pull it until morning. Any harm in leaving it wrapped up for a while?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    As long as it don't fall below 140*, you should be fine. I have left meat wrapped titely packed in a cooler for 6hrs.

    If you was doing it during the day, and warm out, you can put the packed cooler in side a black trash bag and it will hold temp real well, I have had the inside of the cooler raise temp when doing this on hot days.
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Like smoke says you can leave the meat in the cooler for hours. I have left a prime rib 4 bone rack in a cooler of almost 5 hours but it came out almost 140°ish. Thats the magic number and if you are going leave it in the cooler for a while leave a thremo probe in the meat and make sure and pack the towels in there tightly too.
  4. Dutch

    Dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    When I smoke pork butts for use on another day, I'll let the butt rest (foil wrapped and toweled) in the cooler for a couple of hours. I'll then pull the meat and put it in some gallon zip top bags if I'm using it the next day; or I'll seal it up in some gallon foodsaver bags if it's going into the freezer.  Easy to reheat in a pot of boiling water or dump it into a baking dish and heat it up in the micro wave.

    I wouldn't rely on the cooler for overnight holding.  For over night holding what I do is while the butt is still HOT-set your oven to it lowest setting (mine goes as low at 170°) place the hot foil wrapped butt in a baking dish and place it into the oven.  Remember to keep an eye on the internal temps.
  5. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good advise, thanks Mark.