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mikeleonard81 01-25-2013 09:12 PM

Are coolers acceptable?
Here goes my first thread! New here ladies and gentleman so bear with me please. I cant seem to find out online if coolers are ok at keeping your meat cold at street fairs or carnivals. Any help in the right direction will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

rgrizzle 01-25-2013 09:38 PM

I done a festival down here and it was ok. it really depends on your local HD. Call and talk to your local health department they will let you know.

BigBellyBBQ 01-26-2013 02:26 AM

ck your health dept,,no water can touch food, beverage canot touch water, beverage can not be self serve..LOTS of no no and maybes

mikeleonard81 01-26-2013 10:55 PM

Thanks! I'm going to talk to the hd this week. Much Appreciated:clap2:

mikeleonard81 02-04-2013 12:19 AM

Talked to the health department. They said refrigeration is needede for protien. All the worktop refrigerators I've seen weigh about 300 lbs or more. Any ideas on brands that may cater to mobile bbq?

luke duke 02-04-2013 11:06 AM

In Austin, TX coolers are OK. The coolers can't be on the ground and the drain valves must be left open and drain into a bucket.

Pyle's BBQ 02-04-2013 05:49 PM

How much are you planning on storing? A smaller refrigerator on dollies may work for you.

mikeleonard81 02-04-2013 09:04 PM

The size of festivals I'm looking at I would need 30 or so butts and 30 or so loins I think. I don't know if a small fridge would work or not.

Andrews 02-05-2013 01:42 PM

I use a small freezer chest ($125) and a micro-beer thermostat ($40) to store large quantities of meat. the thermostat shuts off the power to the unit at a pre set temp, usually around 32 for my purposes.

Check Craigslist for used chest freezers, you might find a good deal on one.

mikeleonard81 02-05-2013 07:55 PM

The chest freezer might wok. Thanks andrews!

Triple T BBQ 02-07-2013 09:35 PM

You can sometimes get in with other vendors and split costs with them and a supplier like Sysco. They will bring a cooler truck onsite for the right amount and you can just go over to the truck and pull a case as needed.

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