I got ahead of myself!

Discussion in 'Pork' started by uncle kenny, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. uncle kenny

    uncle kenny Fire Starter SMF Premier Member

    Six pork shoulders now on smoke for 10 hours. The first three hit 205F and they are wrapped in foil and towels. The other three are coming up real fast! (I LOVE it when they go off "the stall"!)

    My question is: I don't need these until July 4. Can I freeze them now and pull later, or should I pull 'em all now, then freeze? I think I know the answer[​IMG] Thanks for your help.[​IMG]
     
  2. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    We pull ours while hot, then freeze.  If you can, freeze in Foodsaver vacuum bags and then you can reheat by dropping them in boiling water.  You can also reheat in a covered pan in a 250* oven (minus the Foodsaver bags [​IMG]).  Microwave is also fine, but probably not for such a big amount of meat.

    Nice looking smoke!  Everyone will love it come Independence Day!
     
  3. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Maybe someone that has done it before will help out, But I would think it's better to freeze the whole butt and pull later, So it retains all the moisture and flavor.
     
  4. uncle kenny

    uncle kenny Fire Starter SMF Premier Member

    What I thought. Thanks! Nice Cougar.
     
  5. uncle kenny

    uncle kenny Fire Starter SMF Premier Member

    Raptor, I have pulled then frozen and the result is really good! I'm just not sure about the other way around. Last week I took a whole one out of the freezer to make pork chili, but I just chopped it up and it was yummy. I'm not sure it would have pulled very well, tho I did only take it to 195F cause I know it was for chili. Cheers.
     
  6. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Personally I like to go ahead and pull them and either add some of the de-fatted juice into the bag before sealing it or just use a finishing sauce added just before I reheat it.
     
  7. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I vote for the pull then freeze method as well.

    When I unwrap the butts, I always do it in a large pan. After they are pulled and in vac bags, I distribute the juice evenly between the bags. Theres always a ton of juice.

    Most of the time I can fit an average size butt in one of the large size vac bags.
     
  8. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

     Like I said, I've never tried either method so I wasn't sure.

    But thanks for asking the question so I could find out from those who have tried it.

    If I'm ever in that situation I'll know what the best method is.

    Thanks again Kenny
     
     
  9. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Guest

    I would pull and pack in vac pak bags with the juice from the foil. Then to reheat dump in a roaster and turn on or drop the bags into a big pot of boiling water and it will work too.
     
  10. gersus

    gersus Smoking Fanatic

    The bark on those looks really good! That is A LOT of meat! 
     
  11. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes great bark. I would pull & freeze too.
     

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