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Thawed Brisket Question

Discussion in 'Beef' started by Noahjb, Jul 18, 2018.

  1. Noahjb

    Noahjb Newbie

    A few weeks ago I bought a nice, prime whole packer. About 13lbs. Tossed it in the spare freezer for a later date.

    This past Sunday, I see a water trail coming from the spare freezer and realize the freezer door was not properly shut (less than an inch gap). I had taken a bag of ice out about 48hrs earlier and I guess I didn’t close it all the way.

    The brisket had completely thawed but was still cool to the touch. The water trail was from another bag of now melted ice.

    I left the brisket in and shut the door, and now it is back to frozen state. Is this brisket safe to cook or I am better off tossing it?
     
  2. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Good still I bet.

    If it was down in the freezer it should have stayed about fridge cool at least. Plus it was in those sealed thick bags.

    Pretty amazing that was already thawed out after only 2 days. It must be really hot there where that freezer was .. only open an inch or so? Must be a stand up freezer and door opens outward.
     
  3. Noahjb

    Noahjb Newbie

    Freezer in basement where it isn’t too hot and yes, it is a pull-out bottom freezer.

    BUT, I had my math WRONG. It was Thursday that I got the ice out, so 72hrs with door slightly open (and maybe it was 2in).

    What do we think?
     
  4. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Was it COLD or just COOL to the touch?
    Was it fully thawed or partially thawed?
    If it was cold to the touch, still partially frozen and in a sealed cryovac bag it is okay.
    If it was merely cool to the touch and fully thawed in a sealed cryovac bag it should be okay.
     
  5. Noahjb

    Noahjb Newbie

    Cool to the touch and fully thawed in a sealed cryovac bag. I’m leaning towards it being fine but would hate to get 10+ people sick.

    What would you do?
     
  6. open it up and put your nose to it, your ol sniffer should tell you the truth
     
  7. Noahjb

    Noahjb Newbie

    Yeah, just threw it in the fridge to thaw. Will check on Fri. I’m either cooking it or heading to Costco for another.
     
  8. lovethemeats

    lovethemeats Smoking Fanatic ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I would trust it still. But I would have just put it in the smoker instead of refreezing it. Had something similar happen to some really nice porterhouse steaks I bought some years back. Freezer died and I didn't know it till it was too late. They were cool to the touch - thawed out completely. Feed me, my ex - her two children and her 2 brothers. We were all ok. To this day I still think it was the best damn steaks I have ever eaten.
     
  9. Noahjb

    Noahjb Newbie

    Ha! Maybe this will be the best brisket ever then... Yeah I was tempted to go ahead and cook it, but just didn’t have the time to do it right.
     
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2018
  10. SmokinAl

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

    It sounds to me like it would be just fine. Especially since you are smoking it this weekend.
    Al
     
  11. Noahjb

    Noahjb Newbie

    Opened the brisket this morning and it looked, smelled and felt good! Thx all for the feedback.

    Put on the BGE at 6:00 at 250. Will keep ya posted.
     

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  12. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Glad it's not ruined. Enjoy the smoke and brisket.

    Chris
     
  13. Noahjb

    Noahjb Newbie

    5hrs in, stalling at 168 ;) Time for a brewski
     
  14. Noahjb

    Noahjb Newbie

    And just wrapped at 170, 7.25hrs in.
     

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  15. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    In the car and hanging on, pass me a cold one.
     
  16. Noahjb

    Noahjb Newbie

    Timing way off on this one... at 181 and have serve in no less than 1 1/2 hrs. Got it wrapped and cranked to 350.
     
  17. Noahjb

    Noahjb Newbie

    Ok, I lied...385
     
  18. Noahjb

    Noahjb Newbie

    A little dry in the flat. But overall great.
     

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