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Old 06-07-2012, 12:40 PM   #1
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So I was going to buy a insulated food carrier of some sort, but the misses ain't having that (it's easier to ask for forgiveness then to ask for permission:what:). So anyway I'm at a job site I worked on two weeks ago and this Coleman xtream 120Q is still up here and hasn't moved, I was seeing if this is any good for resting briskets and butts anyone have one/use one for resting? I know any cooler will work if you stuff enough towels in it for resting food this one will be free and I'll come back up here Friday an pick it up if it's still here most likely it will.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:49 PM   #2
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i use coleman extreme 7 day coolers and they work very very well. i would imagine this one would too.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:50 PM   #3
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I think any good cooler would work fine. That one looks very big so 1 Butt would really need a lot of Towels or Blankets to take up the dead air space.
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I pretty much any cooler that will fit the amount of meat and towel wrap works for me. but yea putting one piece of meat in a huge cooler don't quite work.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:04 PM   #5
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I have that exact cooler in White/Blue that I rest my meat in. I did add 4 speakers to the outside and an amplifier with car battery that takes up a little space, but I put one moving blanket in the bottom, and one over the meat, and it will hold for at least 6-8 hours. I've taken my butts/brisket off at a competition at 2am, and they were still too hot to touch at noon!
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:16 PM   #6
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I have that exact cooler in White/Blue that I rest my meat in. I did add 4 speakers to the outside and an amplifier with car battery that takes up a little space, but I put one moving blanket in the bottom, and one over the meat, and it will hold for at least 6-8 hours. I've taken my butts/brisket off at a competition at 2am, and they were still too hot to touch at noon!
Lol my buddy wanted to make a radio cooler out of it, but what you did with yours is the best of both worlds you have any pics?

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Old 06-07-2012, 01:19 PM   #7
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How do you rest meat in a cooler? wouldnt that be holding?
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:52 PM   #8
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How do you rest meat in a cooler? wouldnt that be holding?
Kinda the samething to me really, I rest/hold briskets/butts for several hours to re distribute the juices. A lot to my cooking involves long rest/hold times mainly for briskets in a smaller cooler for paying folks.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:54 PM   #9
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I use a Coleman like that for my holding. Assuming it is the same size (not sure?), it works well. I looked for one large enough to hold full size pans. I just line the bottom with newspaper (easy cleanup/just in case). And place some large towels over the meat. I usually do 2 packer and 2 butts. Never had a problem holding temp.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:57 PM   #10
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I use a large cooler like that. Here is a tip, if you can find one, get a mover's pad (blanket) and fold it up to fit in the cooler. One thick, quilted pad takes up just about all the room in my cooler and really insulates the meat. I fold the pad lengthwise and then layer it in the cooler. When it comes time to put the meat in, I just pull back two layers and in it goes with the layers back on top.
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:08 PM   #11
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I use a large cooler like that. Here is a tip, if you can find one, get a mover's pad (blanket) and fold it up to fit in the cooler. One thick, quilted pad takes up just about all the room in my cooler and really insulates the meat. I fold the pad lengthwise and then layer it in the cooler. When it comes time to put the meat in, I just pull back two layers and in it goes with the layers back on top.

I do a very similar thing but use old towels. Not as well insulated as the movers blankets but works well.
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:20 PM   #12
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Coolers work great, I use ones with wheels, so I use them for carrying gear to and from the comps. I fill mine with crumpled newspaper, which is a great insulator and when the meat leaks (as it ALWAYS does) you jsut throw away the paper, no laundry necessary.
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I use a large cooler like that. Here is a tip, if you can find one, get a mover's pad (blanket) and fold it up to fit in the cooler. One thick, quilted pad takes up just about all the room in my cooler and really insulates the meat. I fold the pad lengthwise and then layer it in the cooler. When it comes time to put the meat in, I just pull back two layers and in it goes with the layers back on top.
That's how I do it as well with the same kinda blue mover/packing blankets they work great brotha:thumbup:
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:48 PM   #15
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I use 3 28qt coolers. 1 each for briskets, butts, MM butts. Works well as long as everyone knows whats in what. Liberty IN buddy shredded my $ muscle.
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