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Thawing pork butt

Discussion in 'Pork' started by Zacknes96, Aug 14, 2019 at 7:47 AM.

  1. Zacknes96

    Zacknes96 Newbie

    I hear a lot about right and wrong ways to thaw meat. I have a frozen 8 lb pork butt I plan to smoke Saturday. When should I move it from the freezer?
  2. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now place in you fridge.

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  3. WaterRat

    WaterRat Smoking Fanatic

    Right now in the fridge.
  4. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yep.... Right now, immediately, this morning, today even.
  5. Zacknes96

    Zacknes96 Newbie

    Alright thank you
  6. PorkBones

    PorkBones Fire Starter

    Yes, yes, and yes.
  7. What about a cold water bath? I also put a 5 lb frozen pork butt in the fridge on Wednesday and it's not even close to being thawed out.
  8. I don't know if its right or wrong but i make a 5 gallon bucket of 38 degree water and submerge mine in it, meat still sealed of course and put in an extra fridge. It creates ice against the meat from the water so i remove, knock off ice, check water temp and adjust by stirring in some warm water back to 38 and submerge again. I check about every 2 hours at first. I can usually go from having a completely frozen 10 lb pork butt to thawed within about 24 hours without worrying about temp getting above 40.
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  9. Never warm water, just fill the sink with COLD tap water and change every few hours, it'll faster than you think
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  10. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Richard Foster Thanks for the like it is appreciated.

  11. motolife313

    motolife313 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I’d take it in and out of the fridge for a couple hours at a time and then put it back in the fridge. Should be thawed by Saturday tho if u put it in the fridge Wednesday but still could be little frozen if u don’t take it out at all
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