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Smoken Frozen meat???

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Can frozen meat be thawed and smoked with good results??? I wanted to smoke a duck but can only find frozen not fresh duck. Will this turn out okay? I've been told it will not be good by a freind that has done a lot of smokin'.

post #2 of 24
Maybe your friend just don't like duck. My freezer is full of meat to thaw and smoke. I actually think beef is better after it's been in the freezer a few months. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't smoke meat that's been frozen.
post #3 of 24
I'm a newbie, but for what it's worth, I smoked 3 racks of spare ribs, 1 of which was frozen for a couple weeks and I couldn't tell at the end which one was frozen.
post #4 of 24
Most of the meat you buy theses days is gonna be frozen before you get it home. I have 3 freezers in my garage that is slap packed full of all kinds of meat from 2" thick steaks to some good ground up hamburger to a couple of turkeys to some freshly frozen seafood. So you can smoke anything I think that is/ was frozen.
post #5 of 24
Absolutely frozen meat can be thawed and smoked, to perfection. Smoke that duck then bring some to him and prove him wrong. But don't tell him it was frozed until AFTER he tastes it. Wouldn't want him to form his opinion before he tastes it. If he knows it was frozen before hand he might automatically say he doesn't like it. :-)

(I smoked a previously frozen duck before and it was delicious !!!)
post #6 of 24

Hold out on him.

I'd say first, YES you can (and in most cases probably will) smoke previously frozen meat. Your friend is completely misguided. I say smoke that quacker and don't let him have any! Just brag on about how good it was and tell him how he should have been there but since you didn't think he would like it, you didn't invite him!

Nay Sayers go hungry!

post #7 of 24
Here is a side note on this subject, except this is for fish:
I have read that ALL fish have parasites.
There are two ways to kill these parasites----cook to 160*----or freeze below ZERO for at least 21 days.
That means if you are going to smoke your fish to less than 160*, you should freeze it below ZERO for at least 21 days.

post #8 of 24
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone!

I will smoke the duck! Which wood flavor will work best with duck?

THANKS! biggrin.gif
post #9 of 24
I smoke frozen meat all the time. I buy it when it is on sale and freeze it for later. I'm not sure why someone would say you couldn't smoke it after its been frozen.
post #10 of 24
Depends on what you have available...Try pecan or cherry if you have it. I wouldn't use hickory or mesquite, it may over power your duck....icon_mrgreen.gif
post #11 of 24
I've bumped into that statement numerous times on the web, during searches. Each time it is brought up here it has been very well shot down. Seems to be kind of an old wives tale.

post #12 of 24
One of the best pork butts I've ever done was in the freezer for a couple of months prior to smoking. There are many variables which can affect the outcome, but this was still my personal best.
post #13 of 24
Now if it was in the freezer long enough or not packaged right and it got freezer burned then I can see why a guy wouldn't want to smoke it or cook it at all for that matter.
post #14 of 24
Unless you live near a farm, most poultry you get will have been frozen...I have smoked fresh turkey's in the past, but out of all the birds I have smoked the VAST majority have been frozen, which I thaw, brine and smoke. Thaw it correctly in the fridge; once cooked anyone will be hard pressed to be able pick what was fresh and what was frozen.
Smoke that bird!!!PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #15 of 24
Plus, isn't the purpose of BBQ to make bad meat taste good? icon_mrgreen.gif
post #16 of 24
Maple would be nice on duck too.
post #17 of 24
I cater with frozen meat, frankly, bout all yer gonna find nowadays, less ya got a good butcher an there gettin ta be a thing a the past.

I buy on sale an stock up fer when it's needed. No complaints yet!
post #18 of 24
Alder is a good wood for birds and fish. I have also been using grape vine on birds lately.
post #19 of 24
now you cant put a frozen piece of meat on the smoker and smoke would be there for days and it would burn the outside :) maybe thats why your friend said you cant smoke frozen meat LOL
post #20 of 24
How do most of you guys thaw your butts or ribs? Do you just place them in the fridge and keep checking on them after a couple days? Just wondering since I havn't stocked up on any meat yet since I'm still a noob.
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