Is there a safe fast way to thaw a 9 lb shoulder?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by linhardt, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. linhardt

    linhardt Newbie

    I got a shoulder that was on sale because it was almost to the expiration date. Bought it for .48/lb on 5/27 because it had sell by date of 5/31. So I put it in the freezer.

    My concern is the time it takes to thaw, will it make the meat go bad because of such a close sell by date when bought. I was thinking that I could just put in refridge to thaw like normal, but it may take a day or two to thaw in my refridge. Not sure if that is much of a concern. Or is there a better and faster way for this instance.

    I just want to make sure I get this thing thawed and on the smoker and not have to have any worry of bad pork.

    Am I worried for nothing?

    Let me know your thoughts.
  2. gt2003

    gt2003 Meat Mopper

    I would think you should be fine thawing in the refrigerator. However, if you are still concerened, here's a trick used in the foodservice industry all the time:

    Find a pot that the entire shoulder will fit into. Put the pot in the sink with the shoulder in it and turn on the cold water until the pot is full and totally covering the roast. Now, turn the water down to where there is just a small stream going into the pot. Water will be overflowing the pot all the time but it should safely go down the sink. You should be able to thaw the entire roast in probably 3-4 hours would be my guess. I thawed a turkey in this manner yesterday with no problems. There is no need to unwrap the shoulder if it is cryovacced. Just put the whole bag in the pot and follow the directions above. Good luck and good smokin! Greg
  3. It should thaw just fine in the fridge.
  4. grillin_all_day

    grillin_all_day Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    i was going to post the same thing. i did that one year with a turkey that i forgot to set out and it thawed pretty quickly. i even use that technique with dinner if i forget to set something out.
  5. cinnamonkc

    cinnamonkc Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    The sell by date isn't the expiration date, you have days after the sell by date. Anyway, if you got it in the freezer on the 27th, you have no issues at all with thawing in the refrigerator.
  6. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I also agree on the fridge will be fine, just don't leave it in there for a week. If it is cryovacted, it will last alot longer than regularly packaged meats. I was suprised to find out from my butcher that cryovacted meats often last 30 days in the fridge.Thats from the day that they get it in the store.[​IMG]
  7. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Agreed and the sell by date doesn't mean the meat goes bad that day it will last awhile after that date. Just thaw as you want and post the Qview of that smoke [​IMG]
  8. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have had meat in the bag Cryovaced for over a month. It will trurn mushy though, It is an aging proccess and breaks down the enzimes in the meat.
  9. seboke

    seboke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Cryovac in the freezer is no problem. But back to the thawing, do it like you'd do a T'Giving turkey - sinkful of cold water for an hour. Drain, repeat every hour till thawed thru.
  10. williamzanzinger

    williamzanzinger Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    As some one pointed out, if you do it in water make sure it is running water.
  11. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree with what all has been said about thawing and the bit about the sell by date, but if you are really concerned about the thaw, put in on the cooker frozen if you can spare the extra cook time. When it is thawed a bit (outside is soft) put your rub on and continue on with the smoke. Other than the extra cook time, the end result is good..........sometimes you just forget to get something out of the freezer. [​IMG]
  12. linhardt

    linhardt Newbie

    Thanks for all the replies. I will just stick it in the refridge and let it thaw, then cook. [​IMG]
  13. tailgatingpirate

    tailgatingpirate Fire Starter

    does the turkey/butt have to be out of the wrapper to perform the cold water in the sink trick?
  14. smokeys my pet

    smokeys my pet Master of the Pit OTBS Member


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