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Topic Title: Newby wanting to know about using COOLERS
Created on January 18, 2011 at 11:30 PM


I keep reading in blogs about putting the food in a cooler after cooking it? Whats up with that? Why? How long?
Is this just to keep it warm or what?
Baffled newby, Thanks!


Yep, keeps the food warm but not usually necessary unless you are transporting the food for a considerable time before consumption. In that case heat the cooler with warm water for a few hours prior to transport.


i usea cooler to let some meats "rest' after cooking. like loins or roasts


BBQFREAK is correct but also to add to that is your meat will continue to cook and become even more tender as well as staying super moist... The tender ness I relised as most people said let your boston butts rest in cooler wrapped in towel I let mine go only 1 hour and was super hard to pull but 2 1/2- 3 hours and it pulls super easy.. Hope this explains use of coolers


@Brian, so If I understand you right you took your boston butt off the grill and placed it in a preheated cooler ( with hot water ) wrapped in a towel. You TRIED to USE it after an hour and it was HARD, so you placed it back into the cooler for another 1 1/2 to 2 hours and it was more tender(USABLE). Correct?
Not being cocky with the ( ) and CAPS , just want to be on the same page!
Was the meat still warm after the 2 1/2 - 3 hrs?


Remove butt from grill and wrap in foil and then towel. Place in an empty cooler( NO WATER) for 2hrs. Meat will be tender and delicious!


Yeah - the use of the cooler is critical for tender boston butts and we use ours for round steaks too- there some recipes in the new cookbook that use the cooler cooker the method(the book is listed under the accessories section) and its great for taking camping and for tailgating cuz you can cook the meat and then take it with you and serve it later-