How long for a pork butt to thaw?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by txbbqman, May 20, 2010.

  1. txbbqman

    txbbqman Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Just got asked to do a couple of pork butts this weekend.

    Mine are frozen, any idea how long to thaw them?

    they are between 6 - 8 pounds

  2. dennisdocb

    dennisdocb Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I like to put mine in the fridge 3 or 4 days before day I'm going to smoke them.

    I have never just pulled from the freezer and let thaw, so can't help you if this is what you are talking about.

    Hope this helps.
  3. txbbqman

    txbbqman Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    No I am gonna take them out an put in my fridge, just trying to figure out if they will thaw in time, since this is so last minute, or if I need to just go buy new ones
  4. garretthall29

    garretthall29 Fire Starter

    it has usually taken 3 days in the fridge for me
  5. rc1991

    rc1991 Smoke Blower

    I have thawed meat in cold water to the point where it's mostly defrosted but still quite cold - dry off and put in fridge.
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now it might not be good to but I take mine out and for a few hours I leave mine in the sink with some cold water. Now it is not a good idea to leave it out all day when you go to work then you are asking for trouble
  7. garyt

    garyt Smoking Fanatic

    I have put them in a sink full of ice water at bed time and thawed overnight.
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hmmm, sounds a bit late to do it safely for the weekend.

    If you can, I would buy new & use these another time----Soon of course.[​IMG]

  9. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Use the water trick... like thawing a turkey. Put them in a 5 gallon bucket, fill full of cold water (add a weight to the top of they float), every 30 min. dump and refill, should thaw in about 3 hrs. You will need to use them right away.
  10. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I think that it's safest to thaw them out in the fridge even though it might take 2-3 days.
  11. rc1991

    rc1991 Smoke Blower

    Doing this myself today - as soon as it's mostly thawed I'm gonna rub it and put in the fridge and get in on around 4-5 am. Will post Q-view!

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