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need to thaw out a whole pork butt, 7 lbs

post #1 of 11
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need to thaw out a whole pork butt, 7 lbs, i froze one last time, any good advice?  i would hate to throw it on the smoker and it be frozen on the inside

post #2 of 11

I hope it's not for tonight's dinner!  If it's for smoking later you could unwrap it, rub the outside and re-wrap, and let it thaw and soak in the rub at the same time overnight in the fridge.

post #3 of 11

Yep, not gonna do it tonight. Just slide it in the fridge and give it a couple of days. Of put it in the sink for a few hours, then back in fridge to finish up.

 If you need it sooner, best go buy another, unfrozen one.

post #4 of 11
You could try the running water method. Should thaw it in a few hours. Just put it in a pot of cold water with a light trickle of cold water coming out of the faucet onto it. Obviously make sure your drain is open.
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

i was hoping to smoke it tomorrow or sunday

post #6 of 11

I am a newbie but agree with putting your rub on it and let it sit overnight in the fridge.  Try to put in on a shelf as some of the crisper drawers if not set right can be downright frosty :)

post #7 of 11

Might try soaking in a  brine solution instead of just plain water....by Sunday it should be defrosted. Check the handy dandy search bar for brine suggestions....just my 2 centavos

post #8 of 11

Low and slow also applies to thawing, can't rush a good thing. cool.gif

post #9 of 11

Let us know how you made out.

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

i decided not to make it and wait till next weekend till my fantasy football party

post #11 of 11

I may be stateing the obvious but keep it frozen until Wed or Thurs.   Depending on how often you and yours open the fridge, pork could get RIPE thawed for 6 or 7 days...JJ

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