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Old 12-03-2011, 01:33 PM   #1
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I just took a 9.25lb butt out of the deep freezer and put it in a sink of cool water. How long will it take it to thaw out? I meant to take it out last night and start the thawing and forgot. I was hoping to be able to smoke this butt overnight tonight but if I can't start until in the morning that will be OK too...
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Old 12-03-2011, 02:19 PM   #2
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Unless you are really needing to inject it, you can just rub it and throw it on. I may be wrong as I am no food safety expert but I think you would be fine if you started cooking it while the center is still frozen. I have had to do this in the past with some chuckies, a brisket, and a couple butts and didn't have any issues aside from perhaps a longer cooking time. You would think I would learn to pull these things out of the freezer sooner
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Old 12-03-2011, 03:50 PM   #3
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I have read where guys go from freezer to coooker with no thaw.
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Old 12-03-2011, 04:04 PM   #4
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I do want to inject it. I have never done that before and I'm going to try it on this one for sure. I will just leave it in the sink until it's thawed and then work with it from there.. I'm not on a time schedule with this one...
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Old 12-03-2011, 04:17 PM   #5
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If you have a lot of water in the sink, it should thaw in a few hours. The more water, the more thermal mass, and the quicker it will all equalize. The more water, the better. Drop that baby in a swimming pool, and you'll be thawed out in a hurry.

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Old 12-03-2011, 04:52 PM   #6
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Running water also helps. If you have a 5 gallon bucket put it into the bath tub and then put the butt in there and have the cold water running slowly.

Even with that you're looking at about an hour per pound.
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I saw online it said to do approx 30 mind per pound in water
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Running water also helps. If you have a 5 gallon bucket put it into the bath tub and then put the butt in there and have the cold water running slowly.

Even with that you're looking at about an hour per pound.
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Running water also helps. If you have a 5 gallon bucket put it into the bath tub and then put the butt in there and have the cold water running slowly.

Even with that you're looking at about an hour per pound.

I third that running water acts like a bigger thermal mass helps thaw faster :)

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Old 12-04-2011, 12:50 AM   #10
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I left it in water in the sink for about 8 hours... i changed that water out once... Put it in the fridge and it will stay in there for 10 or 12 more hours so hopefully it will be ready to go tomorrow...
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Old 12-04-2011, 01:11 AM   #11
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Agreed on the running water...drop a big chunk of ice in room temp water and the same size chunk under running water....no contest. I run off of a water well though so I dont have to pay a water bill when I'm thawing that way.
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