Thawing Pork Butts

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Thawing Pork Butts

Post by Sand Hiller » September 5th, 2018, 10:56 am

I was a back up plan for smoking 4 butts for a wedding rehearsal dinner. If you noticed "was". Now I'm the primary for reasons we don't need to discuss.
I have smoked butts before. However, I always have plenty of time to thaw IF I get them frozen. The dinner is Friday eve and I got the 8 - 9# butts rock hard frozen last night. I have them in the fridge for now. I thought about a cold water bath. Open to any suggestions on how I can ensure they are thawed for a 3 am start Friday? TIA


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Re: Thawing Pork Butts

Post by AndrewPalmer71 » September 5th, 2018, 11:07 am

Ive never had a problem like this, so take my advice for what it's worth... but I'd find fresh thawed butts for the cook and put the others on the freezer for later. Butts are cheap and plentiful. Lots of nice butts at my local Sam's.

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Re: Thawing Pork Butts

Post by JKalchik » September 5th, 2018, 11:21 am

Brine 'em! It will season them nicely as well as ensure they're thawed all the way through.

Having said that..... Costco also has fresh butts in twin packs.


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Post by AndrewPalmer71 » September 5th, 2018, 12:53 pm

Oooh. I agree. I've never met a piece of meat that brine wouldn't make better... I now have weekend plans for a couple of chickens.

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Post by Stewart » September 5th, 2018, 4:00 pm

If you can swing it pick up fresh butts save yourself some stress. But if it's not an option I'd alternate water bath and air. From experience I know how these types of ordeals go and have found that just getting new meat saves me time and stress in the long run. Then I thaw the other meat when I want it and have a party, or cook and sell it to some fat guys I know up the road. Lol.



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Re: Thawing Pork Butts

Post by Dirtytires » September 5th, 2018, 9:32 pm

Force thawing is never a good idea....especially when feeding a bunch of guests. I would leave 3-5 days minimum in the fridge....time you don’t have.

A brine is the same as a water bath. Not recommended and I’m not sure how the brine would work on frozen meat anyway.

I add another vote for making a trip to the store....fresh meat is always better anyway.

Good luck....and remember most wedding functions include alcohol so you will get your chance to unwind soon enough. Good of you to help out.



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Re: Thawing Pork Butts

Post by Rodcrafter » September 6th, 2018, 3:54 am

I would have to say I agree, it probably is a bad idea to rush thawing those solid butts. Only because the outside will be very thawed long before the middle. A turkey is hollow so it isn’t as bad.

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Re: Thawing Pork Butts

Post by Sand Hiller » September 6th, 2018, 10:18 am

Thanks to all the "smoker sages" for your advice!
After coming out of panic mode I'm going shopping tonight after work. The money I was looking at spending on a apple cider brine (figured if I was going to give them a bath...) I'll put into butts. Simplifies the plan greatly.


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Re: Thawing Pork Butts

Post by Sand Hiller » September 9th, 2018, 9:30 pm

Update.
Checked the butts one last time Thurs eve. Took an ice pick to verify the frostline. It went right through! Rubbbed them and back in the fridge. Cooked them Friday to 205 then "FTC". Served 2.5 hours later. Sweet success. I cheated the "frost gods" this time. Lesson learned for next time!
Sorry no pics. Was working and smoking at the same time.
Thanks again for all the advice!


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Post by The Czar » September 10th, 2018, 7:48 am

Oh no pics!!! It might have never happened!!!


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