Longest time wrapped in the cooler?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by sl2w0, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. How long can I leave my pork shoulders wrapped in the cooler? I'm figuring they will be done around 4 or 5 AM and we'll be eating them around noon.
  2. mballi3011

    mballi3011 OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You have to be careful with your meat. You shouldn't let it go under 140° for that bacteria can start to form. Now I have left mine in a cooler for 5 hours justmake sure you have alot of towels and stuff the cooler as full as you can.
  3. I have gone a minimum of 3-1/2 hours and a maximum of 6 hours. But, sorry, I do not Fear the Turtle! [​IMG]
  4. foil and towels and a easy 6 hrs. they will still be hot to touch
  5. rdknb

    rdknb OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just check the temps and you should be ok, do not go under 140.
  6. ronp

    ronp OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Be on the safe side and put in an oven at 155'. Hold as long as you want, no worries.
  7. fire it up

    fire it up OTBS Member

    My answer exactly.
    I have kept them in a cooler wrapped in towels and up to 6 hours later they were still nice and hot.
  8. Question: 130 should be hot to the touch, yes? How do we know that the internal temp is over or at 140 degrees after six hours? Is this from experience after foiling & toweling in the cooler while a temp probe was still in? (I apologize if this question seems kind of challenging to the knowledge in this forum.)
  9. pineywoods

    pineywoods Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Exactly hot to the touch and hot to food safety standards may be two different things. The only way to know the temps is to check them with a thermometer.

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