Sell by, cook by, freeze by

Discussion in 'Pork' started by flipper0512, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. flipper0512

    flipper0512 Fire Starter

    Local store was having sale on pork butts, so I had to get it yesterday, 6.7lbs boneless.

    Sell by date is the 30, I have a party on the 8th, and don't want to freeze it.  Thought?

    Thanks again!!
  2. I'd freeze it.
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Sorry Flipper, 10 days in the Refer on Raw Pork is alittle risky. Freeze it raw or Smoke it off, by this weekend...JJ
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2011
  4. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

     Like it or not, it needs a freezer.

    If you want to spend more time with your guests, I'd smoke now, pull it, bag it, freeze it...thaw a couple days before and reheat in a covered roaster in a 200-215* smoker or "O" , or a crock-pot. I've done this a few months in advance for large gatherings with pulled pork, sliced brisket and burnt ends...I wouldn't have it any other way, now that I know what it meant in terms of saved time on the day of the event.

    Otherwise, if you want to spend the time around the smoker during the gathering, do a freeze for a few days, then thaw and smoke.

  5. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I agree 100% - there is no way that is going to be safe that long. Last thing you want is getting folks sick.

  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Freeze it!

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