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Old 01-12-2021, 10:01 AM   #3
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Join Date: 02-25-17
Location: Killeen, TX
Name/Nickname : Donnie

As already noted Minnesota is notorious for how aggressive their food code is when it comes to food handling. You should seriously consider taking a ServSafe Managers Course as it will answer a lot of these questions. This course has a lot of great food safety information and will help you avoid making any mistakes when it comes to hot holding / serving.

All this being said here is what I do with my BBQ food truck :

Ribs : Cook and leave them whole racks on the smoker (at about 175 pit temp) until I am ready to serve them. When I want to serve them I slice them and serve immediately. Pork ribs are very small in terms of mass, but they have a large surface area. So they begin to dry out immediately you slice them and you'll want to serve them as quickly as possible after slicing. You can wrap and hot-hold (ie Cambro) ribs for 2-4 hours as long as they remain above 145 internal temp.

Pork Butt : Again, I leave them whole because the same thing happens to pulled or shredded pork ; it will dry out rather quickly. If you dredge them and then hot hold them that sauce will overpower the pork and make the meat soggy.

Chicken Thighs : If they have skin, no matter how you cook them, that skin will get all rubbery if you put them in hot hold. If you're doing skinless thighs you can cook them, cover them, and put them in hot hold for about 2-4 hours. Again, 145 is the magic meat temp where you don't want the meat to dip below.

Brisket : I keep it whole and slice it to serve. Brisket is probably the worst offender about drying out quickly after you slice it. Leave it whole, wrapped up, and in the Cambro. Brisket hot hold very well and I've done 6+ hours in the Cambro without any issues.

They say something like "The road to hell is paved with good intentions" and when it comes to food handling that rings true. If someone gets sick (or claims your food made them sick) you might have a serious problem on your hands. Even if you give it away for free they can still make your life miserable. Perhaps you can look into local VFW's or something similar and see if they will assist you putting this together. Liability with food handling is a serious issue and people are ALWAYS looking for a quick way to screw someone for money.
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