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Travel with cooked tri tip

k2guy

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Smoked my first tri tip last week and it came out wonderful. Would like to do another one next week and take it to my daughter's house. Problem is she is two hours away. When I smoked the tri tip last week, I took it up to 144 degrees IT. My question is, can I smoke my tri tip to like 135, wrap it in foil, then towels, then put it in a cooler....will it eventually hit 140-145 on it's own? Or will we have to cook it further when we arrive? Last question....is it safe, temperature wise to transport the meat this way? Or should I smoke it the day before, refrigerate it, then warm it upon arrival?
 

chef willie

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You'll be fine with Plan A. It will stay nice & hot for a few hours if wrapped well, toweled and stuck in the cooler. I doubt you will have to re-cook it all. Tri-tips are best at the rarer end of medium rare IMO. Hopefully the gals are squeamish at a little pink meat.....have fun.....Willie
 

k2guy

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Thanks Willie.  I think I'll take it to 140 and wrap it.  Should end up medium rare to medium and hopefully won't go past that stage.
 

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