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Is this brisket too old?


Smoking Fanatic
Joined Dec 2, 2009
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?


Smoking Fanatic
Joined May 11, 2010
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.


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Apr 19, 2010
Absolutely smoke that puppy!  Should be a perfect candidate for the job!  Q-view, please!


Smoking Fanatic
Joined Jul 28, 2010
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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