Is this brisket too old?

Discussion in 'Beef' started by john3198, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. john3198

    john3198 Smoking Fanatic

    A friend of mine gave me a frozen brisket to smoke tomorrow. I started to prep it tonight and saw that the packaging date was April, 2009. It was vacuum packed and appears OK with no freezer burn. What do you guys think? Should I toss it and go buy a fresh one?
  2. shtrdave

    shtrdave Smoking Fanatic

    I would use it, if it were me. If no freezer burn, you should be okay, the worst that could be noticed is that some of the fat could have an off taste to it, but I doubt it if it is as you say just old.
  3. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Go for it!
  4. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Absolutely smoke that puppy!  Should be a perfect candidate for the job!  Q-view, please!
  5. princess

    princess Smoking Fanatic

    The guidelines given by the USDA say if it was in a Deep Freeze (temp of 0) you can keep it almost indefinitely.

    Good luck and post pics!

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