resting brisket in a cooler

Discussion in 'Beef' started by thesmokist, Jul 24, 2015.

  1. thesmokist

    thesmokist Meat Mopper

    i smoked an 18 lb packer last night and it's almost done. I usually just put them on a cookie sheet and throw some foil over and rest for about 45 min or so. this time I'm wanting to wrap and rest in a cooler. I've never tried it this way and want to try but is it gonna effect the bark (I don't wrap while cooking) and make it soft? I'll be sure to post some pics when it's done
  2. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    It will soften the bark a little but not much. An 18lb packer in a cooler with towels should stay hot for 4 or more hours so if you need to hold it for a while that is the way to go. 
  3. thesmokist

    thesmokist Meat Mopper

    thanks. I'm looking to hold it for about 2 hours or so
  4. thesmokist

    thesmokist Meat Mopper

    the brisket turned out excellent!! looking to do maybe some tacos or nachos with the left overs tomorrow.
  5. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That's a big one! Nice work! [​IMG]
  6. aggie94

    aggie94 Smoking Fanatic

    Congrats on the brisket, looks great!  This is the first year I've started resting the brisket in a cooler and they have turned out much more tender so I'm a big fan of it.
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2015
  7. I have found that the longer I let it rest in a cooler the more tender it will be.
  8. floridasteve

    floridasteve Smoking Fanatic


    Great looking brisket, smokiest!
  9. Looks great. I haven;t done a brisket in for ever. Might have to do that here some weekend.
  10. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I smoke sans foil all the time , placing it in the cooler does soften the Bark a bit , but no problem , if it taste good , no-one will even notice .[​IMG]   [​IMG]

    You have a nice Brisky there , what is your Smoker and Fuel [​IMG]

    Have fun and . . .

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