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Unread 04-30-2013, 01:06 PM   #1
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Default Another Frozen meat question (butts)

I've got a butt left over from this weekend that I stuck in the freezer and the plan is to start thawing it out in the fridge 3 days before the next comp. Two questions: is 3 days enough time to thaw an 8lb butt in the fridge and would you use a previously frozen butt in a comp?
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Unread 04-30-2013, 01:42 PM   #2
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I use previously frozen all the time with no apparent negative effect. I give them 5 days to thaw.
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yup 5 days to thaw. I put mine in on sunday and should be thawed by thursday.
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Another in the 5 day boat here. But make sure it isn't in the coldest part of the fridge or it could be longer. I gave a butt 5 days once and it was in the very back and was still pretty solid on the 5th day. Maybe I need a new fridge .
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ok, thanks guys! 5 days it will be.
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Won't use frozen pork for comp. Always use fresh. I think the texture changes when it has been frozen.
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Won't use frozen pork for comp. Always use fresh. I think the texture changes when it has been frozen.
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Yeah, different, but that could be a good or a bad thing.
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Just my .02, but for a comp which you pay hundreds of bucks to compete in, I'm paying 10-15 bucks for a fresh butt before using a frozen. It is extremely rare that frozen will be superior to unfrozen/fresh and why take the chance? Thaw that butt next time you wanna backyard.
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It is extremely rare that frozen will be superior to unfrozen/fresh.......
It is???

Don't tell that to the team that took a 1st in a category in a 70+ team, 2012 event using frozen product.
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I guess that frozen butt was the reason my pork scored 179.4286 in Miami OK this year instead of a 180. Really does'nt make a difference if you cook it right I use frozen meat in contests all the time.
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This doesn't mean you can't do it and it doesn't mean that you can't do well in a contest w/ frozen. I guess I go by the mantra of "all other things equal, fresh > frozen" For a single butt, why not go buy one for 10 bucks?
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