Reheating Pulled Pork

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by tjwheels, Jun 5, 2015.

  1. tjwheels

    tjwheels Fire Starter

    I have searched the site and read many ideals on reheating large quantities of pulled pork. The idea I like best is using the smoker itself by adding a little apple juice and covering the pans. I will be reheating about 50 pounds in half size serving pans and want them over the safety zone of 165 degrees. My question is how long do you think it will take that much pork to go from 37 to 165 degrees? I need to have it ready at noon and have no idea if it will take one hour or five hours. I'm thinking a setting of 225 degrees in my MES 40. Thanks in advance.
  2. drewed

    drewed Meat Mopper

    That low of a temp?  It will take hours to heat back up.  You would do better reheat in an oven at say 350, until the temp is up ( stirring the meat along the way ) and then using the smoker as a warming box, but keep a temp prob in the meat so you don't re-cook it.
  3. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Yep @Drewed  is right. Heat it in the oven and have a finishing sauce on hand since it will dry out some. If the pans are full then it will probably take over an hour to heat up. 
  4. tjwheels

    tjwheels Fire Starter

    Thanks for the input Drewed & bmaddox, it helps some. My real problem is oven space, I'm cooking baked beans and Mac & Cheese in the oven. I guess I'll start the pork in the oven early and hope it gets close to serving temp by the time I need to put the other items in. Then transfer to smoker to keep warm. 
  5. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Are you smoking it all at once? If so, have you though about cooking it the night before and keeping it warm in coolers? You could easily hold that much meat in a cooler for 6 hours and it will still be hot. 
  6. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If pressed for oven space and you have a large 16 or 20 quart pot you can warm on the stove top in about an hour. That much would need about a quart of apple cider added and needs to be stirred to keep from burning.

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