Smoking a frozen butt

Discussion in 'Pork' started by nejohnson, May 22, 2015.

  1. nejohnson

    nejohnson Newbie

    I had a 10lb pork butt (vacuum sealed) I was planning to smoke, but had to throw it in the deep freeze due to having to go out of town to a funeral. When I put it in the freezer, there was 1 day left to the use by date. I searched and saw people recommending thawing it in the refrigerator prior to smoking it, but if I do, am I in danger of going beyond that "use by" limit? So, I guess I'm asking, does that "use by" timer start back up once I start thawing?
  2. damon555

    damon555 Smoking Fanatic

    Thaw it and don't worry about the use by date.....I've gone well past those dates and never had a problem with pork or beef.....I did have some chicken go south on me once but that sat in the fridge too long. You'll be fine.....
  3. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep , just thaw and Smoke [​IMG]
  4. kboss714

    kboss714 Fire Starter

    The use by date is a use it or freeze by that date. I've had pork and beef last a long time in my deep freezer. Just thaw it and do what you do and enjoy.
  5. smoke king

    smoke king Smoke Blower

    Since you vac packed it, you can put the package in a container with cold water and put it in the fridge to thaw it. Just change the water every 6 to 8 hours or so and it will thaw a lot quicker.

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