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partial cooked pork/beef help

shortfireshortfire Posts: 13
edited November -1 in EggHead Forum
the family and I are heading to the beach this weekend and we are cooking either a brisket or pork butt. right now the plan is to cook it wed night and chill it till Saturday and reheat, however i have head of partially smoking it the day before refrigerating it and finishing it up the next day.

What are the perks of that vs completing the cook aside from the smokiness?
Will the second cook be any shorter or will it still be an allday thing?
what internal temp do you take it up to on the first one?
what temp do you cook it at on the second one?
and any other info yall have would be great thanks as always


  • CrimsongatorCrimsongator Posts: 5,558
    I say cook it until done on Wednesday and pull it. You can vac seal it and reheat when you get to the beach. No need to waste family time worrying about finishing up the cook 2 days later.

    You can put the vac seal bag in boiling water to reheat or microwave it for ease.
  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,424
    I wouldn't recommend partially cooking any barbecue meats.

    I do a lot of briskets and butts a day ahead for parties, wedding receptions etc., and following the long cook, I triple wrap in foil and allow the internal temperature to drop into the 160°'s on their own. In the meantime I prepare a large cooler with a 7# bag of ice and water.

    The foiled meats go into a huge zipper bag or a vacuum bag (with only a slight vacuum), then plunged into the iced water. In 40 minutes or so the meat is below 40° and can be moved to the fridge for holding.

    For food safety reasons, your goal is to move the meat back through the danger zone (140° - 40°) as fast as possible and this method works great.

    For reheating, a 250° oven works fine, I check the pouch for liquid after 1 hour and add some if necessary.
    Happy Trails

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
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