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Offline VCUHokieFan

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Best Way to Freeze Smoked Boston Butt - Whole or Pulled?
« on: July 08, 2007, 02:00:20 pm »
I am smoking two 7.5lbs Boston Butt's tomorrow. I want to freeze them to take with us to the beach the following week and reheat on 7/18 so about 10 days from smoking, which is obivously too much just to keep in the fridge. I have read articles about freezing the butt both whole unpulled and totally pulled.

If I freeze it whole, should I FTC it or put it with ice in a cooler, cool it down, and freeze each in a food saver bag?

If I pull it, I would just FTC it and then pull it and freeze it in food saver bags. I am debating on pulled because I doubt I can resist the temptation of eating some hehe.

I tried to seach for information on here with different experiences freezing but couldn't find anything. Sorry if I'm repeating some article, but I couldn't find it hehe.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: Best Way to Freeze Smoked Boston Butt - Whole or Pulled?
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2007, 02:08:09 pm »
VCUHokieFan;
Welcome to the forum.

I always pull the butt prior to packaging it in vacuum sealable bags. It pulls better when it is warm, and I would believe that it warms up easier. Also, after packaging I will let it set in the refrigerator for one day to let the flavors meld a bit before I freeze it. Since you are going to vacuum seal it, you can easily reheat by dropping the bags in boiling water and letting it simmer until warmed through.


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Re: Best Way to Freeze Smoked Boston Butt - Whole or Pulled?
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2007, 08:21:37 pm »
I just reheated some pulled pork "carnitas" I vacuum sealed and froze last week.  This technique Habs describes works well. 
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Re: Best Way to Freeze Smoked Boston Butt - Whole or Pulled?
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2007, 03:50:22 am »
Cool, well that's what I'm going to do then. I just opened the smoker to spray a little apple juice on them and yum yum. It's 6:52AM and I put the two 7.5lbs butts in at 10:00PM. They are at 145 degrees right now. I figure by 3-4 this afternoon, 195 degrees is in my grasp hehe.

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Re: Best Way to Freeze Smoked Boston Butt - Whole or Pulled?
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2007, 06:16:09 am »
I do the same as Habs.  A word of advice.  Be sure to let it heat up long enough.  I have rushed it a bit and wound up with the center still being cold with the exterior hot.  Microwave fixes that problem, but results are better in the hot water.
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Re: Best Way to Freeze Smoked Boston Butt - Whole or Pulled?
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2007, 09:35:51 am »
Hi Wildcat or Habs,

Any recommendation on a home use vacuum sealer?  I've been thinking of getting one, but have no idea of what I need and what I should be paying for.

Thanks.

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Re: Best Way to Freeze Smoked Boston Butt - Whole or Pulled?
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2007, 10:47:40 am »
Food Saver does a perfect job for me.
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Re: Best Way to Freeze Smoked Boston Butt - Whole or Pulled?
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2007, 11:57:37 am »
I ordered a new FoodSaver V2860 a couple days ago.  It is supposed to be delivered later today.  Hopefully it will do all I ask of it. 

Where is the best place to find cheap bags/rolls? 

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Re: Best Way to Freeze Smoked Boston Butt - Whole or Pulled?
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2007, 12:55:22 pm »
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Where is the best place to find cheap bags/rolls?

I get mine at Sam's Club and those will last me several months.

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Re: Best Way to Freeze Smoked Boston Butt - Whole or Pulled?
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2007, 02:03:08 pm »
I ordered a new FoodSaver V2860 a couple days ago.  It is supposed to be delivered later today.  Hopefully it will do all I ask of it. 

Where is the best place to find cheap bags/rolls? 

I got my food saver from Sam's, and often get my bags there. They seem to have the lowest everyday price for bags, but before I purchase any bags I always go to Food Saver website to see if they are having any specials. Some times I find some great deals on bags that beat Sam's, and that is including postage.


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Re: Best Way to Freeze Smoked Boston Butt - Whole or Pulled?
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2007, 04:55:17 pm »
For me WalMart is closer for me, but if I go to Sam's for other things I get mine there as well.
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