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coastal 06-17-2013 12:34 AM

wrap meat in plastic wrap vs foil
 
I have never wrapped in plastic wrap but one of the teams did tonight on bbq pitmasters.

Does anyone do this? The team said it protects the color and moisture without speeding up the cook time like foil does

The judges were skeptical but the guy has been winning championships sinve 1989 so its nothing new to him

I might give it a try..anyone have expierence with this?

My obvious concern would be the plastic melting. Not sure what temp he was cooking at

marubozo 06-17-2013 12:48 AM

It's true that for the most part, plastic wrap won't melt at smoking temps. Typically you need to get closer to 375-400 degrees before that becomes a concern.

becksboy 06-17-2013 01:11 AM

I have used plastic wrap more for reheating/keeping temp than during an actual cook. The plastic wrap will hold as high as 275(I have not tested it higher) but I always have it farthest from the firebox. The wrap does seem to steam/ keep the meat moist.

coastal 06-17-2013 01:13 AM

I assume some plastic wrap is better than others for this? Or will any old cheap brand work?

becksboy 06-17-2013 01:42 AM

I use the plastic wrap from Sam's Club catering size (nothing special). I would not go out and find the cheapest wrap made because I would not want to wreck a brisket or pork butt but I have not gone out and purchased something that is top of the line plastic wrap either.

columbia1 06-17-2013 10:09 AM

If I am finishing my ribs at home in the oven I will plastic wrap and place on a cookie sheet just to keep the mess down.(and the wife happy)

SmokeDiddy 06-17-2013 10:24 AM

Since I use fire to smoke meats, there is no way I would use plastic wrap on any of my meat while cooking, especially if you have a low end smoker where there is a tendency for spikes in temps during the cooking process. I saw the team that used plastic as well, but I am always cautious about using a technique that isn't common. Additionally, it seems like that team may have used a pellet smoker (cannot remember) Yes, that team may win comps, but we don't know what steps might have been omitted when the filming took place. IMHO

dobdabomb 06-17-2013 11:19 AM

Wouldn't you just use butcher paper instead of the plastic? What am I missing here?

Grimm5577 06-17-2013 11:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dobdabomb (Post 2518898)
Wouldn't you just use butcher paper instead of the plastic? What am I missing here?

thinking the same thing.

Stark-O-Rama 06-17-2013 11:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dobdabomb (Post 2518898)
Wouldn't you just use butcher paper instead of the plastic? What am I missing here?

+1 - Butcher Paper

Lytnin 06-17-2013 01:07 PM

Was watching Restaurant Impossible last night and saw Robert Irvine cooking baby backs in the oven at 250 wrapped in plastic wrap. Looked pretty fall off the bone when he pulled them out.


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