Either method has proven successful for people, both in the backyard and in competition. Still, I would err to the conservative side and get it done early. A 5-day cooler will keep meat hot for hours!
I didn't hijack the thread. I just took it in a completely different direction.
Spicewine, 2 Dutch Ovens, Weber OTP, 18 " Weber Kettle, White Mountain Ice Cream Freezer, Whirly Pop, Cast Iron Hot Dog cooker, and a 12 year old. Moink.
RIP - my NB Bandera
"Sweet Blue to all" - E