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Whats that smell?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by PolishDeli, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. PolishDeli

    PolishDeli Smoke Blower

    I got pork shoulder the other day for only $0.98/pound (went to a local grocery store, not a big chain). As soon as I got home, I started cutting it up, and was planning to use it for sausages.

    The smell was way off.
    It was not a rotten smell (it did not look rotten either), but definitely not a good smell.
    I’d describe it as “bleachy.” Interestingly, it was the fat that smelled the most. The meat smelled mostly normal.

    I usually buy pork shoulders at SAMS or Publix; they’ve never smelled like this.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I've had that happen . Goes away most of the time . I just got home with 6 myself . Guess I better open them up
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  3. motolife313

    motolife313 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I’ve had that happen a few times. Still came out good. I give it a good wash
     
  4. smokerjim

    smokerjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    sometimes they smell a little when you first open them, smell should go away fairly quickly, as long as they aren't green and slimy I wouldn't worry about. hatfield pork is great for this
     
  5. PolishDeli

    PolishDeli Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the reassurances!
    I trust the product was good and that the smell probably came from processing the animal.
    It was just really funky.
     
  6. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Did the smell go away ?
     
  7. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    A Lot of times the smell is from the blood in the vac bag rinse and it should go away had the same thing with chicken.

    Warren
     
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  8. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I always keep receipts, but occasionally they get discarded. A while ago I opened a rack of SLC ribs purchased at my old grocery store. They smelled off, not rotten, but it wasn't a pleasant smell. I washed them and the smell diminished. Smoked 'em, the smell was still there, and they were inedible. I dug the wrapper out of the trash and took the wrapper and the smoked ribs to the grocer. Explained what happened, showed him the wrapper, and let him smell the ribs. He gave me store credit, which I used to purchase another rack of ribs that turned out fine.
     
  9. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Chopsaw Thanks for the like it is appreciated.

    Warren
     
  10. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Bought 6 yesterday , just got done grinding up 4 . 2 gonna have to go in the freezer . First pack had a bit of a smell , but went away .
     
  11. PolishDeli

    PolishDeli Smoke Blower

    I washed the meat pretty thoroughly. If the smell improved, it wasn’t by much. It got repurposed as dog food. She’s not complaining.
    I'll be getting another one or two today.
    Making a variety of Polish sausages for Easter...
     
  12. smokerjim

    smokerjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    sucks you have to go through that, at the place I work we usually only order paper wrapped pork butts and trim and wrap them ourselves for the meat case, never any problems with those, once in a while they send the vac packed ones and 9 out of ten times they have an odor.but the odor most of the time does go away.
     
  13. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Awesome . Had some friends parents years ago the did Easter up " Polish style " He used to go to , I'm not sure if it was Piekutowski's or G and W and get all the good stuff . Big spread of all types of sausage cheese and meats . Hottest horseradish I ever ate .
    I'm still getting just a bit of smell out of one that I ground today . Mixed up in the fridge , we'll see in the morning .
    if you make up some stuff , I would love to see it .