Will Pulled Pork Keep in Freezer?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by centexcarnivore, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Guys, Did my first butt this weekend and wow I can't believe how much meat this produced. I am sure we'll not finish in time before it spoils in fridge. I may have to share with all the neighbors! But my question is can we freeze some safely? Thanks, B.

    I have a few pics for viewing pleasure. Thanks for the great suggestions on freezing leftovers! There are few to send to the freezer. It was a wonderful success and really reminded me of growing up in Iowa where we did whole hog smoking! Yummy. Thanks, B.
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  2. low&slow

    low&slow Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Yep, it'll freeze nicely. Vac pac it or just put it in freezer zip lock baggies and squeeze all the air out.
     
  3. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I love pulled pork-make it often-and freeze too-will keep 2 years if vac packed.
     
  4. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I agree too. We freeze smoked foods all the time. To rewarm, just throw the bag with pork in a pot of boiling water.
     
  5. norrell6

    norrell6 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Only try the boiling water trick if you vacuum seal. If you do not have a food saver, go get one right now. It will pay for itself in no time. Almost all smoked meat freezes well, but like anything else--- the better the tools, the better the outcome.
     
  6. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yup sure can, I did butts three weekends in a row fer a 200 person feed, froze the butts as they were finished (after pullin). Fer short term ya can put it in freezer bags, then thaw them out in the microwave an then inta either the oven on bout 225* till at least an internal temp a 140* or yall can put it inta a crock pot after thawin an warm it up that way. Ifin it is gettin to dry on ya, hopefully yall saved some a the juice from the butt an skimmed the fat off. This is great ta add extra moisture ta the pork, if ya don't have it, use apple juice too. Just enough ta keep it moist. Good luck!
     
  7. lawdog

    lawdog Smoking Fanatic

    I have never had a problem boiling to reheat from frozen in a ziplock bag, I have a foodsaver but even frozen left overs don't last long around here
     
  8. daboys

    daboys Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I took some frozen butt out last week, put the bag in the water and the factory seal came undone. Went to take the bag out of the water and it all slid right out into the pot. All that nice juice, gone. Never had that happen before with the food saver bags.
     
  9. jlhog

    jlhog Smoke Blower

    We do omletts in a ziplock with no problems. Mix your eggs and anything else u want in the bag, zip it closed, and drop in a pot of boiling water. So I assume u could drop a bag of frozen bag of pulled pork in boiling water. Just make sure the whole bag is in the water and NOT hanging out of the pot!!!
     
  10. dennisdocb

    dennisdocb Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I use vac seal bags also and never had a problem....IMHO..I actualy think is better then first pulled...only my 0.02
     
  11. bbqgoddess

    bbqgoddess Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Desertlites...has that been tested? I can't think of a soul that would have pp in the freezer that long to be sure...lol! :)
     
  12. Thanks everyone for the help and freezer tips!
     
  13. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    i agree with all those on the vac packing. however your question will it keep in the freezer-well not in mine i froze some and it was gone in less than 3 weeks. mebe if you can lock your freezer and give the key to someone who wont give it back to you... LOL good luck tryin to keep that stuff incarcerated in freezer. seems those PP sammies u just cant get enuff. hmmmmm maybe time to do another butt....
     
  14. I've had good luck reheating frozen pulled pork out of the bag in a sauce pan over very low heat. Add some apple cider and bourbon and again, simmer over a very low heat. I think it tasted better after a few weeks in the freezer that it did initially. Like erain said, it doesn't last very long in the freezer around here either. [​IMG]

    Dave
     
  15. oillogger

    oillogger Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    You cannot just throw caution into the wind with something as important as pulled pork. Follow the guys posting here for vacuum packing and ship the pulled pork packs in a box with dry ice to me. As a trusting fellow BBQ'er I am willing to take the risk testing if you can freeze pulled pork for you at no charge. Just consider it as a favor for a BBQ brethren in good standing.
     
  16. okie joe

    okie joe Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes it freezes well but havent had the problem of long term storage its gone too soon....i like to get the air out of the bag (i add a little applejuice to the bag ) and then freeze have a little moisture when thawed.
     

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