Traveling Turkey

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Original poster
Dec 22, 2010
I am gonna smoke a turkey.  then I have to take it out of town.  Will it stay good if wrap it in foil and a towl and put it in a cooler?  Who long do I have hours wise?
I've kept pork butts in a cooler for 7 hours & they were still above 160 degrees. I think they will drop about 5 degrees per hour if they are wrapped well in foil & towels & in a good cooler. As soon as you take it out of the smoker get it wrapped & in the cooler. For the first couple of hours it may go up in temp., then slowly start to cool.
Don't know how far yall gotta go, but, take 3 er 4 dry clean bricks, wrap in foil an put in yer oven an warm em up.  Put a piece a cardboard with a towel over it on the bottom a yer cooler, put the bricks in.  Bird goes on top a that.  Buys ya some extra time.
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Now I would say that the bird should be alright for 4-5 hours. Then Tip ( Travcoman) has a great idea and I'm gonna used that one nexttime too.
What I have done in the past is pre warmed the 5 day cooler with VERY hot water, close to boiling. I then added a couple layers of towels on bottom added 4 red bricks warmed in 200 deg oven wrapped in foil, and covered them with norther towel. Wrapped the turkey in 2 layers of HD foil placed in throw away roaster put in cooler and packed cooler with more towels. We went 6 hours from home and when we took turkey out is was still above 140. Hope that answers your Question. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.