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Freezing meat

Discussion in 'Pork' started by bigwalk, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. bigwalk

    bigwalk Fire Starter

    I was going to load the smoker up with a couple of butts for pulled pork. Has anyone ever done this and frozen it for later? Is it possible to reheat it without drying it out or losing flavor?
  2. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I do it all the time. I smoke it, rest it and put in FoodSaver bags and seal them. I can then reheat the meat in the bag and hot water retaining all the moisture in the meat
  3. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    We also do it all the time.  I vac seal them and then ue steam to reheat.  Works perfect
  4. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I don't have a vac sealer, so what I normally use is zip-loc bags. It works like a charm.
  5. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    This be the best way to do it!
  6. gregc

    gregc Fire Starter

    I just recenlty smoked my first butt and put the leftovers in several zip lock bags. What is the recommended recommended reheating method for frozen pork in ziplocks? Thanks!
  7. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    I vacuum pack the leftovers too, but if we're only going to make 2 or 3 sammies at a time, I just nuke enough up in a small bowl.

  8. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

    Whenever I see a great price on pork or chuck roast, I get a few and smoke them just to put into the freezer, 1-1/2 to 2 lb per bag.  They make great on-hand gifts, along with one of the garlic heads I stick in with every smoke.    As long as you provide some moisture - broth, SoFlaQuer's sauce, their own, whatever, it hasn't mattered much how I reheated them. I usually just do it on the stove in a covered pan, that lets me control the moisture well. If I were reheating a large amount I'd probably steam in the oven like pastrami.
  9. Just ate left over frozen pulled pork for dinner on Monday night... mmmmmmmmm still yummy!
  10. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    As the rest of the guys said I also do this all the time. My brother is actually coming this weekend and we are going to do a bunch and freeze it. The last batch we did was memorial day and that was 80+ lbs and he finally ran out so its time for more. We just add a finishing sauce to the meat and some of the drippings and then right into the vacuum seal bags and just reheat the bag and all in boiling water. It makes for a great supper when you are short on time and you want some good Q.
  11. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Your brother's coming!

    Watch that ankle this time, before he gets there !!!!!

  12. Crock pot makes a good re-heating vessel, if you can't do the boil in bag thing.  Put it in there on low with some sauce, or drippings, or whatever your liquid of choice is and let it slowly come up to temp.  It  comes back to life beautifully.
  13. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    HaH yea I've been watching it since I hurt it in May. I actually just made an appointment this morning to see a specialist because the darn thing still isn't healed.
  14. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I would also add that you should pull it before you freeze it.
  15. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I'm with most of the folks here. Food Saver sytem and then this is where I differ with most. I use a pasta/steamer pot to re-heat the meat. Now to me it keeps the smkey flavor and doesn't let the meat dryout.
  16. smokestakr

    smokestakr Newbie

    After I get my butt pulled I lett it sit at room temp to cool down.  Then I stir it up to incorporate all the juices into the meat and chill in the refer to firm it up.  I then pack it in vac/pac freezer bags in 1 or 2 lb portions; put it in the freezer for a short while to solidify the juices, then vacuum seal and mark with the date.  When you're ready to use it place the unopened bag in hot water (around 180 F, not boiling), after thawing, for 20 to 30 minutes.  Slice the bag open and enjoyjuicy pulled pork even during a raging blizzard.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2011
  17. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    You can reheat in foodsaver bags a number of ways. I just put the bag in the microwave for a minute or two.