Frozen spare rib racks. Quality and thaw time

Discussion in 'Pork' started by viper, May 7, 2011.

  1. viper

    viper Smoke Blower

    Found a decent deal on frozen spares and curious how long it will take to thaw them?  need them tomorrow so rubbed down this evening. 

    Also, is there any degragation of them when frozen?  Price is 1.88/lb which is not a steal but decent around here. 
  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I havent noticed much difference in frozen ribs. Enjoy them
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    If the're in a vacuum pack, you can quickly thaw them in cold water.
  4. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just about all pork is frozen prior to sale; shoulders, butts, spares, loins, hams, etc.; if held at below freezing temperature for 30 days, it will kill the trich worm.  This is called "Certified Pork", and is now standard practice.  You've eaten previously frozen pork all your life and didn't know it unless you butchered your own; and if you did it would be advisable to freeze it anyways, lol!  Give them a cold water bath and let unthaw in the fridge and they'll be fine, just keep 'em cold until ready to smoke!   
    Last edited: May 8, 2011
  5. viper

    viper Smoke Blower

    So is it a fair bet that "fresh" ribs would still have been frozen at one point or another?  IE, fresh just means thawed and ready to cook?  Obviously if I do a big, multi slab cook for a large group, saving 75cents/lb would start to add up!  However, I am not sure I would want to sacrifice flavor and such. 

    From what I read, the moisture in the meat turns to ice and ruptures small vessels in the meat causing rapid moisture loss when thawed.  I honestly don't know but this sounds like a GREAT question for Alton Brown!! lol
  6. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've had no problem thawing ribs in a an hour with a water bath. Although I do like to have them rubbed over night, I have gone to the store and bought them frozen in the morning and had them on the drum by 10AM..

    1.88 / Lb !.. I rarely get them for less than 2.50 here and i won't pay more than 3.00. We get a lot of buy one get one free deals but the base price will be 7.99 / lb for back ribs..
  7. ryeguy45

    ryeguy45 Smoke Blower

    When ribs are on sale near me i always stock up and freeze them. I dont care if anyone says dont do that. I have a huge chest freezer full of spare ribs and a couple racks ofvbaby backs. I usually put them in the fridge to thaw for 24-26 hours. If they are still a little frozen i will soak them in room temp water still in cryo-vac.
  8. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You can also ( if time is no restriction) place then in a pan and place them in the warmest part of the Reefer , the top... and let for a couple days . I don't like water on my meat(besides a rinse) before cooking; they get too soft on me when cooked .

    I know , 'anal' , but look :

    Have fun and . . .

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