pork shoulder temporary storage. 4-5 hours approx. please help.

Discussion in 'Food Safety' started by steelandsmoke, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. So here is my dilemma.  My pork shoulder will be coming out of the smoker about 9am so I can put the ribs in.  I plan on serving the BBQ around 2pm.   What do I do with the pork shoulder for about 5 hours?  Shred it and put in the refrigerator? keep it in a warm oven for 5 hours?   Any thoughts?  

    I will be posting mega pics too.  
  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    wrap with towels and into an ice chest   should be just fine for 5 hours.  I think it would be easier to pull and moister if you wait until it comes out of the ice chest to pull.
  3. would the towels draw out the juices?  what about foil?
  4. im with Al that thing should be pretty warm still even after 5 hours if its wrapped up good and stuffed in a cooler. Last time I made pulled pork it rested for around 3.5-4 hours until everyone arrived and it was still steaming when I pulled it apart.
  5. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      What Al said. You should be fine. And welcome to the forum!

  6. I am thrown by the whole towel thing.  Like regular towels?  Why does foil seem better?
  7. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Wrap the meat in aluminum foil so you don't lose your juices.  If you want after you wrap in foil, place in a pan to catch extra juice, set pan and meat in ice chest and shove nice thick bath towels around the meat.  All you are doing is insulating the meat.
  8. Got it!  Thank you!    2 pork shoulder, 6 racks of ribs, chicken wings and ABT's.  Will post results as soon as I can.
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    That cooler trick is one I learned here...Works great...JJ
  10. mr500

    mr500 Meat Mopper

    Yupp love the cooler...smoked a turkey in nov...Off the smoker at 4-5AM and packed up nice and tight...We ate around 2pm same day and let me tell ya, the turkey was  hot!!! Almost as hot as if I took it off the smoker 10 min earlier. Wrapped it  twice over with foil, crammed towels all around her and did NOT open the chest till we were about to eat...

    Worked out reallyy well!!!


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