Smoking butts 2 days early

Discussion in 'Catering & Large Group Gatherings' started by mike3ga88, Sep 18, 2016.

  1. mike3ga88

    mike3ga88 Fire Starter

    Hi all, I am going to be smoking 6-8 butts for an event. I am planning on smoking them on a thursday and reheat and serve as sandwiches on saturday. When I pull them off the smoker and let them rest I plan on pulling them, my main questions are what is the best method of cooling that amount of meat to the safe zone? I do not have a vac sealer. I have read about possibly letting it cool some and putting in ziplock bags and set in ice water or ice filled cooler before storing in fridge. Im afraid putting that amount of meat in foil pans in the fridge would raise the temp in the fridge before the meat cooled. 2nd, I am going to be serving the pork sandwiches until gone so I am wondering about best method of keeping at safe holding temp, would putting foiled pans on a gas grill with pan on one side and one burner on other end going to keep temp above 165 work? I could keep the pork in an ice chest cooled until I need to heat, Im not sure if this is the best method? Thanks for any helpful advice.
  2. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You're on the right track...just some pointers to follow above for safety and the best finished product.

    Have a great smoke!!!

    Last edited: Sep 18, 2016
  3. mike3ga88

    mike3ga88 Fire Starter

    Thanks, Eric.

    I appreciate your input, I`ll definitely collect the drippings and plan on trying chef JJs finishing sauce when I reheat. Smoking 8 8lb butts if I get 50% yield that would give me close to 32 lbs cooked meat, were hoping to get around 125 sandwiches out of everything.
  4. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You might want to plan for as little as 40% yield with bone-in butts for PP...I hit the 41% mark when I smoked a case of butts several years ago for a wedding. JJ's finishing sauce is a good route to go, also.


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