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Unread 09-02-2013, 05:26 PM   #1
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Default Best way to cool #120 of pork butts

I am finishing up 120 pounds of pork butts for an event that is on Wednesday evening. I really don't want to pull all of it want to leave some whole so they can pull as needed. My question is what is best way to cool down after I take out of cooler. They are about 4 pounds cooked. Can I cool them down whole or should I cut them in half then cool. I do have a foodsaver. Thanks in advance for the help.
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At 4 pounds cooked, I think they'd be fine left whole, or maybe just split in two. I think the best way (and safest way) to do it is stick the butts in ziploc bags then put them in a cooler full of ice, then cover with ice. With that much pork you'll probably need more than 1 cooler and you'll have to do it in batches. Once the pork is cooled from the ice bath, you can stick in the fridge.
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How are you going to reheat them?
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I would split them in two, vacuum pack once you can handle them, then crash cool in a cooler full of ice and water. The water is the key, it pulls the heat from the butts much faster than cold air.
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When I do large amounts of pulled pork I pull it all, vac seal in 3# bags (gallon size works well and mash 'em kinda flat for easier reheating). I do the last couple/few bags in 2# and 1# sizes so at the end I'm not reheating more than necessary. I reheat by boiling in the bag. Works great for me, YMMV.
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When I do large amounts of pulled pork I pull it all, vac seal in 3# bags (gallon size works well and mash 'em kinda flat for easier reheating). I do the last couple/few bags in 2# and 1# sizes so at the end I'm not reheating more than necessary. I reheat by boiling in the bag. Works great for me, YMMV.
Please forgive a dumb east Tennessee boy, but is it safe to boil the vac bags to reheat the pork?
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Some vac-pac bags, like Weston, are safe for using as a boil-in bag. But not all bags are created equal, many others are not...
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Yes it is safe. The bags are sealed and won't let any water into the bag. If you have a bag that has air in it, do not try this method. That bag will have a hole in it and let water in.
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Please forgive a dumb east Tennessee boy, but is it safe to boil the vac bags to reheat the pork?
As another dumb East TN boy lemme answer (grew up in Knoxville & spent a night in Cleveland once - although the visit was unplanned, involuntary and in a, um, "controlled environment") - I don't know about all bags, but the Foodsaver ones work just fine and I think are designed for it. You don't want the bags resting on the bottom of the pot though, 'cause then they'll melt due to the direct heat. I don't think I've ever had a problem with them sitting on the bottom of the pot.
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Thanks for all the advice. Doing just as you guys suggest and putting in 3# bags and crash cooling then sealing.
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Gallon sided ziplock bags and put 3-4lbs per bag. Push the air out, and drop in an ice slurry bath to cool them. Personally I have found that it takes just as long to bag, cool and then reheat large quantities of pork like this that it is just as easy to cook it fresh.
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