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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10 12 2:49 am    Post subject: Transport-Heat Loss Reply with quote

I've been asked to smoke 2 pork butts and 2 turkey breasts for an office picnic at work. I've made my first hour by hour reminder/spreadsheet so I don't miss anything as well as making needed time adjustments for smoking 2 butts at once. I am thinking 13 hours should be ok. I can make temp adjustments if needed.
My question is related to keeping them hot while I get to my office. I have an hour drive to work. I am thinking that I should pre-heat the cooler with hot water since it will have 2 foil trays (1 pork and 1 turkey breast) in it to keep hot and I'm pretty confident they will be hot when I arrive. But how long can I expect the cooler to keep them hot or at least warm enough to eat? if the pork gets done early, which I doubt, I'd like to make sure they stay hot till I leave my house and arrive at the picnic.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10 12 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I might keep it wrapped in foil in the cooler and pull/slice at the picnic. They should keep for several hours with no issue
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10 12 5:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^^What he said^^^

Meat wrapped in foil and towels, in a cooler, will stay hot for quite a while (easily 2-3 hours).
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10 12 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heated cooler.
I have wrapped 2 racks of ribs to a package. Into cooler.
Towels in the bottom, 12 wrapped racks(6 packages).
Towels on top to take up the vacant space.
Service time 3 hours later. Still very hot to the touch for slicing.
I also pulled them a little early as i new they would still continue to cook for a bit while in the cooler.
Absolutely no complaints, and the guys were fighting over who was going to take the last few bones.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10 12 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice. I'll have to report how things go. And of course pictures.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10 12 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look forward to seeing the pics. When I did my first pulled pork recently I was amazed at how a towelled butt in a cooler will keep warm for - I let it rest for about an hour and it was scorching when I took it out.
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