thawing pork butts question?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by lightfoot, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. Last week i found pork butts on sale for .89/lb and bought quite a few (and froze them) to save for a cookout i'm doing in the spring. they average about 5-7 lbs. each. What is the best (safest) method for thawing them?
    Do i thaw them at room temp, in water?, or put them in the fridge and let them thaw slowly?. Anyone have time frames on how long they should thaw before smoking them? Anything else i should know about thawing them?

    thanks in advance
    Bob
     
  2. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have thawed countless butts in th fridge, with safe rersults. As far as tine is concerned, I think you must account for the ambient temp where that fridge is located. My fridge sits outdoors, so in the winter it may take a day + longer than if my fridge was indoors. Average time is 3 days for me. Good luck my friend.
     
  3. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thaw them in the fridge. Depending on how big they are it will take 2 to 3 days.
     
  4. fired up

    fired up Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    The fastest safe way is to put them in a pan and keep constant cold water dripping from your faucet over it, as long as the water stays below 40 degrees it is safe.

    Make sure that the meat is totally submerged in the water.
     
  5. abelman

    abelman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    When I buy meat for the freezer I vacuum pack it with a food saver. When I get ready to smoke it, I take it out and let it sit in a sink full of cold water until thawed. Then, it goes back into the frig for a day or so.
     
  6. as always, THANKS GUYS!
    just what i was lookin for.

    Bob
     
  7. rio_grande

    rio_grande Smoking Fanatic

    I have had one in the fridge for almost a week,, 6 days trying to decide if it is safe to eat...
     
  8. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    the fridge for the win !
     

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