Can it rest too long?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by iconnolly, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. iconnolly

    iconnolly Newbie


    Pork butt came off just now at 205! Feels pretty good but i dont need to feed people for another 3 hours. Its wrapped in foil, towels and in the cool box. Stupid question, but will leaving it rest for 3 hrs have any negative impact? Ie will it start getting cold or become hard?

  2. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    As long as you leave it wrapped and covered in your cooler, the temps will hold fine for 3 hours. Its gonna be good! Thumbs Up

    Looking forward to the qview!

  3. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    You will be good! Just don't open the cooler keep heat in
  4. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    It may still be hot when you go to pull it.
  5. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I have had it stay too hot to handle for 4-5 hours. You will find that a 3 hour rest makes for better PP. than A shorter rest time would.
  6. Red you originally helped me with my first butt and I love my sweet apple butt :). But this subject came up  let me ask you last time I smoked all night and next day it got done sooner then I thought I brought temp up to about 202 I pull and wrapped up in a towel then I have some stretch wrap I wrapped real tight and stuck in a cooler and went fishing for like 5hrs when I got couldn't believe it was still hot when I shredded it but it was a little mushy not like it usually is so you think that was a little long.
  7. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Wrapping in foil allows a little steam to escape, not much mind you but you end up with a better finished product than using plastic. Just my 2 cents. I recently started using freezer paper for this and it works real good too.
  8. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Every cut of pork butt is a bit different, and tends to get done at slightly different temps.  This one sounds like it was slightly overcooked, and the longer rest certainly would have added to that, because it will continue to cook for a while if its wrapped tight and placed in an insulated cooler.  The internal temp of a large cut of meat could rise another 5-10 degrees while resting.  Steam will continue to braise the meat for a long time while it rests.  

  9. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My rule is if I am resting it for over 3 hrs. I pull it out of the smoker about 10° early. That way it rests, still pulls nicely, but doesn't become mushy. Unfortunately you really don't know if that is going to happen till you get to the end of your smoke and it finished up earlier than expected. So you have to pay attention once it hits 190° internal temp.
  10. Thank you both very much

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