RE: Meat storage for contest.
I use Coleman or Igloo 5-Day or whatever coolers. We pack the meat in it's own cooler (usually one of the 70 qt jobs to allow for lots of ice) and then fill it with ice. We've never had a problem. I usually have to chip away the ice to get to the meat for the inspector and then dump ice out after we get the last meat on the cookers. That's normally chicken at about 8 a.m. on Saturday.
Now, for the "other" chests (drinks, breakfast food, lettuce, etc.) we resupply the ice as needed. I usually take a 100+ qt cooler full of just ice for this purpose. Hey, I can buy it for under $2.00 for 20# at Sam's or pay $4-$5 per bag at the cook off!! :D
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