Pork butt in freezer for 2 years

Discussion in 'Meat Selection and Processing' started by thferret, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. I just found an almost 6 lb pork butt in my freezer that I was saving up to smoke and forgot about. It's dated 2 years ago. It was wrapped really well in plastic wrap and a zip-top bag and shows NO signs of freezer burn.

    Should I go ahead and smoke it?

    PS - my outside freezer is kept at, or below 0
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2014
  2. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I would cook it with no hesitation. Might not be optimal , But you'll know if it's bad once it's cooked , no? Give some to the cat first.:biggrin:
  3. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I don't see why not. You could make chilli if it tastes a little stale. You will know when you open it up and give it the sniff test. I smoked a 2 year old turkey a couple years ago and it came out fine. Maybe Boudin or cured smoked sausage are thoughts too.
  4. wy will

    wy will Newbie

    As long as it isn't freezer burned and it doesn't smell funny you should be fine. I read a study that shows if meat is packaged properly, that it can last in a deep freeze for 10+ years and still be fine.
  5. LOL!! But I don't want to spend 12 hours smoking a piece of meat just to find out it's no good.
  6. dandl93

    dandl93 Smoking Fanatic

    Once it is thawed out you will know by  the look of texture and smell. If you do cook it make sure you cook some other meat for back up.

    Me personally,,, my dogs would be very happy.

  7. Yup. If it looks good and not freezer burnt, without a doubt I  would smoke it up.
  8. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Smoke it, tell everyone its good "Aged" Pork! Its a Prime Butt!
  9. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm with the group and wouldn't hesitate for a minute.  I'd check it after thawed but I've done turkeys and corned beef roasts that have been in the freezer for two years or longer.       
  10. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    That's a fair point! Well , like dan said , you should be able to tell what you got when it's thawed....and you can back it up with a chicken!
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2014
  11. Thanks all!! The smoker is prepping as we speak :)
  12. joe2224

    joe2224 Newbie

    How did it turn out? Did you eat well, or did the dog?
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If I had it in my Zero Degree Freezer, I wouldn't worry at all, but I vacuum seal all of my meat.

    Once it's vacuum sealed the meat has no idea how long it's been in the freezer.

    Let us know how it turns out !!

  14. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    The grim reaper came for me one night.  I had fresh striped bass in the freezer for ~5 months.  It looked and smelled fine.  It nearly finished me off.  To this day we dont know what happened.  But I'm worried about stuff being kept in freezers for too long, especially if they are not vac packed or in store packaging. 

    I would eat a little and wait ~6 hours to see how it goes before diving in. 
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2015
  15. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    fish is another thing all together.

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