Whether you’re cooking a single steak or a 12 lb. pork butt, resting is extremely important. Smaller cuts of meat only need a short amount of resting, but larger cuts of barbequed meats require a bit more time and investment. Craig Tabor, chef and self-proclaimed backyard BBQ warrior, is a seasoned veteran when it comes to resting meat and considers it a necessity.
When you have a big cut of meat that’s been on the smoker for at least 12 hours, it’s extremely important to let it rest after you take it off. Tabor explains, “What’s happening during that time is the juices are accelerating as the meat warms up, gets warm and comes up to temperature. The most important part is not just cutting off the flow of those juices.”
When you cut into meat too quickly after cooking, a significant amount of valuable juices are lost. Tabor suggests letting meat rest for one to two hours in your Cambro insulated transport unit before slicing into it. When you allow meat to have this rest period, the juices and moisture that have been brought to the surface during cooking are given the time to reabsorb back into the meat. The result is a perfectly tender, juicy cut of meat that’s ready to be served.
Watch Tabor explain the full process in the video below.
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