I need the help of my smoking family!!

Discussion in 'Pork' started by doc, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. doc

    doc Meat Mopper

    Guys/gals I am looking to cook a couple of butts a few days ahead of when I want to serve them. Here's the scenario. I am getting married in Oct. and me and the boys are getting together for a long weekend of golf and fishing. I figure to help save some $$ I will smoke up a couple of butts to eat over so we don't have to go out to eat every meal (and impress them with my smoking prowess! [​IMG] ) I am figuring with my schedule (which was created by Satan himself [​IMG] ) I will be able to cook that Tuesday for the following weekend. Which is the best way to go??? Freeze it whole and then thaw and pull it or pull it then freeze it or just don't freeze it at all??
     
  2. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Pull it and freeze it. If you have a foodsaver freeze in foodsaver bags, as they are easy to handle and re-heat in hot water.

    Hope this helps!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!

    Regards,

    Meowey
     
  3. doc

    doc Meat Mopper

    Sounds like aplan. I think somewhere I want a foodsaver, but methinks the fiancee disapproves of them. Are they worth the hype?
     
  4. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They are worth it if you use it a lot. If not 1 butt fits in a foil lasagna pan (2 for a dollar at the dollar store) that you can cover with foil and then freeze.

    Take care, have fun, and do good!

    Regards,

    Meowey
     
  5. wvsmokeman

    wvsmokeman Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I agree with Meowey.
     
  6. vulcan75001

    vulcan75001 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    The food saver is definitely well worth the cost.. but if it is for only a short time freeze...as Meowey said the foil pan...or some heavy freezer zip-lock type bags...just try to get all the air out when ya seal them...
     
  7. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    All good advice above ... [​IMG]
     
  8. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yup, what they said! Also, I recommend adding some finishing sauce in with the meat before you freeze it. The flavor and aroma when you reheat is amazing. [​IMG]

    I prefer a Carolina style vinegar based sauce (http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/for...?threadid=7691), but use your favorite...

    Good luck!
     
  9. triple b

    triple b Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I agree with everyone also.
    And the FoodSaver is worth the money(IMO).
    Good luck with the smoke.
     
  10. For uncooked meat, I only use my foodsaver for long term storage. However, I ALWAYS use it to frreze my butts if I have already pulled them prior to freezing, except when the pulled pork is for making hash. The vacuum seal retains moisness and flavor, both which can become diminished by freezing in foil and/or baggies. If in doubt, I would use the food saver.

    P.S. Many caterers also prepare for large feeds by cooking ahead of time and using the food saver to freeze the pulled pork.

    Hope this helps.
     
  11. tatonka3a2

    tatonka3a2 Meat Mopper

    The foodsaver has saved us tons of $$$ - not having to throw out freeze burnt items, not to mention the items you can buy in bulk. Cheese for example, we will buy a huge block and divide it up and freeze portion in the foodsaver bags. It thaws great, and you are saving a ton by buying in bulk.
     
  12. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  13. doc

    doc Meat Mopper

    Awesome advise all. Appreciated as always!
     
  14. placebo

    placebo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just in case you don't have enough already, one more thumbs up for the food saver.[​IMG]
     
  15. deer meat

    deer meat Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I have frozen pulled pork before also with great results, Add your finishing sauce first and freeze away. If you don't have a foodsaver just use a ziplock bag. The time frame you are dealing with, you really don't have to vacuum seal it, It will be eaten before it is even a week old. Feed that party [​IMG] and have a good time. congratulations on gett'in hitched.
     
  16. billyq

    billyq Smoking Fanatic

    You can also buy those really big zip lock bags and put them in those. They won't be frozen that long, but you do want to avoid the dreaded freezer burn. Especially since you want this to go off without a hitch (i.e. impress your buddies). BRING ON THE STRIPPERS!![​IMG]
     
  17. doc

    doc Meat Mopper

    LOL. Hardly, unless they'll be serving frosty bevs on the golf course. I got my lifetime quota during my younger, less responsible days living in ATL![​IMG]
     
  18. ajthepoolman

    ajthepoolman Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    DO NOT buy a Black and Decker food saver. POS (PM me if you need to know what POS stands for!)

    Thankfully mine is starting to burn clean through the plastic bag when it goes to seal it. I can't wait for it to finally crap out so I can go buy a Foodsaver. Few more drops from the kitchen counter should do it in!
     
  19. jpeck

    jpeck Newbie

    Freeze it after it is pulled then place the meat into a crock pot to reheat it. No fuss dinner.
     
  20. [​IMG]I agree with the rest of the gang. I just did the pulled pork with sause a week ago and did the Food Saver on it and it thawded out perfect.
     

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