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    Keeping turkey warm during travel

    Iím smoking a 15 lb bird for the family lunch except I live 2 hrs away.


    Whatís the best way to keep warm during transit so it wonít dry out before lunch?

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    If you wrap it in foil and towels and place it in an empty cooler, it will stay hot for 2 hours easily. Dry is a function of overcooking. Take the breast to 155-160*F, the thigh to 170*F. Keep it whole, transport it, then carve and serve. You will sacrifice the skin in the process, it will get very soft. But you can't have it all!

    Good luck!

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    Thanks for the tips Chris.

    They will have another turkey being fried on site so not a whole lot of pressure on me with this one. I still want to put out a good bird.

    Have an awesome Thanksgiving!

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    Caveat: I haven't done it with turkey, Chris's advice is dead-on. I've kept whole brisket hot for 4 hours in a good picnic cooler.

    And I don't think it can be stressed enough... Don't overcook it! Poultry & pork both, overcooking just... don't do it.

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