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somevelvet 10-25-2013 01:35 PM

Rub then freeze: any reason not to?
 
Brethren,

I recently picked up two MASSIVE racks of baby back ribs. Realistically, I'm only gonna need one tonight. I figured I'd put the other in the freezer. But while I'm rubbing down the first, I might as well rub the second, right? Or is there a reason not to? Will it not freeze well?

Thanks!

Lake Dogs 10-25-2013 01:39 PM

1 word: Sodium

somevelvet 10-25-2013 01:40 PM

I might need a couple more words.

Ron_L 10-25-2013 01:42 PM

If your rub has a lot of salt in it the salt can cure the meat if left on for a long time.

somevelvet 10-25-2013 01:43 PM

Ah okay. Thanks!

PatAttack 10-25-2013 01:45 PM

In other words, it's not advised unless you want some BB Ham Ribs.:thumb:

somevelvet 10-25-2013 01:46 PM

Sometimes I forget that chemical processes can still keep occurring even in the freezer and that it's not a time-suspension device...

Lake Dogs 10-25-2013 02:07 PM

Most rubs are fairly heavy on salt. I do my own and cut way back, but even then something rubbed and left over-night starts down the hammy/cured path. I'm thinking frozen... Not good.

somevelvet 10-25-2013 02:13 PM

Yeah good idea. I'm using my own rib which is fairly salty.

Maybe I'll just invite over some more people... or have more leftovers!!

PatAttack 10-25-2013 02:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by somevelvet (Post 2670873)
Yeah good idea. I'm using my own rib which is fairly salty.

Maybe I'll just invite over some more people... or have more leftovers!!

Nooow, you're thinking!!

IamMadMan 10-25-2013 02:36 PM

All true, but also when salt mixes with the liquids pulled from the cells of the meat and then re-absorbed, it will also lowers the temperature at which the meat will freeze at.

You can also cook the extras at 3/4 of the way done, quickly chill then vac-seal and freeze. Although they are not as good as fresh cook, they can still be an outstanding dinner. Just thaw and finish on a hot grill...

somevelvet 10-25-2013 03:22 PM

I ended up freezing half and inviting one more friend over. Looking at them closely, they are MASSIVE and a whole rack should be more than enough for us!

Bludawg 10-25-2013 03:27 PM

I eat a whole rack my self but that's me:biggrin1: I would cook 'em both and freeze one if you must.

IamMadMan 10-25-2013 03:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Bludawg (Post 2670953)
I eat a whole rack my self but that's me:biggrin1:


I think that is most of us that share that same appetite... I even steal a rib or two from my wife's plate most times.

somevelvet 10-25-2013 04:02 PM

I may be in trouble :D


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