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djqualls
04-09-2012, 08:48 PM
I've been satisified the last few comps with my Pork entries. I have noticed the last couple of weeks that the selection of Fresh Big 9lb+ Butts with a full width Money Muscle are getting harder to find.

I have been hesitant to buy more than two because I didn't want to freeze. My Question is two fold.

Does it hurt the taste/tenderness of butts to use a frozen Butt?

Do you compete with frozen or fresh Butts?

As A side note, I ask the same question for ribs as well.

Thanks!

The Virginian
04-09-2012, 10:10 PM
Adam Perry Lang says that freezing hurts pork, makes it a bit mushy.
I have found that to be the case with butts, but not with ribs. Ribs seem to do fine with freezing.

Brett

roksmith
04-10-2012, 12:22 PM
I don't have a problem using frozen brisket if I need to, but I prefer all of my pork products fresh. As fresh as possible.

ique
04-10-2012, 12:23 PM
I've been satisified the last few comps with my Pork entries. I have noticed the last couple of weeks that the selection of Fresh Big 9lb+ Butts with a full width Money Muscle are getting harder to find.

I have been hesitant to buy more than two because I didn't want to freeze. My Question is two fold.

Does it hurt the taste/tenderness of butts to use a frozen Butt?

Do you compete with frozen or fresh Butts?

As A side note, I ask the same question for ribs as well.

Thanks!

I like fresh. If you have to freeze pork try to defrost slowly in the fridge.

Scottie
04-10-2012, 12:52 PM
In a pinch I will freeze. I have to dobthat on some of my week lo g trips. I've won with frozen, I just like fresh better. Like Chris said, defrost slowly in the fridge.

Rich Parker
04-10-2012, 03:52 PM
I have done particularly well in pork at a couple of comps where they were still frozen when I put them on the pit. Took a couple hours just to get the probe in it. But in general i haven't noticed a difference in mine from fresh to frozen.

djqualls
04-10-2012, 07:45 PM
I have done particularly well in pork at a couple of comps where they were still frozen when I put them on the pit. Took a couple hours just to get the probe in it. But in general i haven't noticed a difference in mine from fresh to frozen.

:mmph: :caked:

southernstyle
04-10-2012, 08:40 PM
i cant really tell the differance. either way is fine for me

LoneStar Smoke Rangers
04-10-2012, 08:53 PM
I have done particularly well in pork at a couple of comps where they were still frozen when I put them on the pit. Took a couple hours just to get the probe in it. But in general i haven't noticed a difference in mine from fresh to frozen.

Classic!!! :clap::clap::clap: