So I bought some boneless pork shoulders for a saturday bbq. Two 13.5 lbs shoulders from costco, each is still in the original sealed plastic packaging. I put them in the freezer for two days, then pulled them out last night to thaw. I intended to put them back in the fridge before I went to sleep, but I forgot. So they were thawing outside of the fridge from about 7 pm to about 8 am. The middle of each shoulder is still frozen hard as a rock, and they are still sealed in the original packaging. I would say only about an inch depth is unfrozen. To the touch they felt as cold as if they had been in the fridge. They should still be good to eat right?
When you guys are going to smoke meat that has been in the freezer, how long does it take to dethaw in the fridge? Do you ever let it dethaw outside the fridge?