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Wrapped butt in cooler question

How long can a butt stay wrapped in a cooler?
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  • SamFerriseSamFerrise Posts: 544
    I have had mine wrapped and in the cooler for up to 4 hours and it was still hot when I unwrapped it.  Usually I will keep them in the cooler for at least 2 hours.  That is plenty of time to get the rest of your stuff done before you serve.

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  • SpaightlabsSpaightlabs Posts: 681
    Several hours no problem. Get as many towels or blankets in there as you can. Butt might not be smoking hot when you pull it out, but it'll be plenty warm. Last one I did finished very fast and sat for 4 hours.
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  • BGElovrBGElovr Posts: 83
    I've gone 12 hours, believe it or not. Heavy duty foil and a beach towel.
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  • EggRacerEggRacer Posts: 400
    I've done up to 5 hours. As mentioned above it wasn't smoking hot but it was plenty warm.
    XLBGE & LBGE
    North Richland Hills, TX
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  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    I have brought butts to a family reunion -- three hour drive, and held butts "hot" up to five hours.  I pre heated two coolers with hot water.  The plan was to pull three butts as soon as we arrived and keep two in a separate cooler if needed during the reunion.  I have five different sized coolers and keep the butts in as small a cooler as they will fit.  Never open them until you are ready to pull is important.  I run a little duct tape around the seal, mainly from having people open the cooler.
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  • I've had wrapped ribs still hot after 6 1/2 hours in a cooler.  

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  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    Here you go: How Long Can You Hold Meat In A Cooler?

    Just be aware that the "still too hot to handle" comment you often see is a bit deceptive.  115 degrees is about the temperature when you start to feel "pain" when putting your hands in hot water, for example.  So, you still have to think about the four hour rule.
    The Naked Whiz
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  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 5,287
    Yeah 4 hours max for me. Try for two or less.
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
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  • WolfpackWolfpack Posts: 1,386
    Thanks Whiz- good info
    Greensboro, NC
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,441
    edited June 2013
    BGElovr said:
    I've gone 12 hours, believe it or not. Heavy duty foil and a beach towel.

    Friend that is sure taking a very big chance. I feel you are very lucky to tell about it. In the interest of this forum please don't try this. (IMO) BGElovr got lucky for himself and others. Once more just my two cents. If for myself: 4 hours max or fridge.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • hoffmandhoffmand Posts: 104
    edited June 2013
    If you're trying to go longer than 2-3 hrs definitely preheat the cooler with hot water. You can also warm a couple bricks in the egg during the last hour of the cook and toss them in the cooler with the meat. Just wrap them in a towel so they don't melt the cooler.

    Edit- Just read Whiz's page. He's got a great write-up.
    Cedar Park, TX
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  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    edited June 2013

    hoffmand said:
    If you're trying to go longer than 2-3 hrs definitely preheat the cooler with hot water. You can also warm a couple bricks in the egg during the last hour of the cook and toss them in the cooler with the meat. Just wrap them in a towel so they don't melt the cooler. Edit- Just read Whiz's page. He's got a great write-up.
    If you look at the graph on my page, you'll see that in a plain cooler, with no preheating at all, the butt's internal temp was above 140 degrees for about 5.5 hours, so I would be fine with 8 hours (still 125 degrees), but probably not a lot more than that. 
    The Naked Whiz
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  • TUTTLE871TUTTLE871 Posts: 1,316
    I have gone 6 hours in my Yeti. Took them to a party and still plenty warm. Served them up and no fatalities.

    "Hold my beer and watch this S##T!"

    LARGE BGE DALLAS TX.

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  • I've left mine in there all day wrapped in foil and towel
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  • FireTowerFireTower Posts: 69
    Thanks everyone. I had it wrapped in lots of foil and two towels. I put it in a cooler that I had getting warm in the sun for a few hours. It stayed there for 4.25 hours. It was too hot to handle when unwrapped.
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  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    With all these comments about spoilage, i have a question.  You go somewhere and bring the pulled pork -- all nice and steaming "HOT" when you pull it and place it in a serving pan.  People are served, and they return for seconds and even thirds!!  Now the left over pork is at near room temperature ----  do you throw the leftovers away???  If not, why doesn't it make you sick??
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  • daffy1909daffy1909 Posts: 454
    I went 4.5 hours Wrapped in foil and towels and was still to hot to hold!!!
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