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Question on refreezing butt

NoVA BillNoVA Bill Posts: 3,005
edited 9:30PM in EggHead Forum
My Costco butts come two in a package and I freeze them in original packaging - just easier. This week I need to do one butt for pulled pork but won't have enough time to cure the second butt for bbb due to vacation.

Question: what's your experience with refreezing uncooked butt? Good idea or bad?

(I could always do both butts for PP and feeze one for later use.)



  • I have always been told not refreeze meat so I dont. Cure one and smoke the other and then freeze it and you will be ok.
  • timctimc Posts: 28
    That's what I've always been told too, although apparently the USDA thinks it's OK. I wouldn't take any chances with bacteria though.
  • NoVA BillNoVA Bill Posts: 3,005
    Thanks to both of you and Tim thanks for the URL - interesting...
  • KokemanKokeman Posts: 816
    Don't refreeze. Cook both for PP and get more for your buckboard. For a $1 a pound it is just as easy. next time split them. ;)
  • NoVA BillNoVA Bill Posts: 3,005
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226

    Leave them in the freezer and pick up a single butt for this cook and use the others later.

  • NoVA BillNoVA Bill Posts: 3,005
    That's really the answer :blush: :whistle: :S
  • Meat man said it's OK to refreeze meat depending how it was thawed. Thawed in fridge, OK to refreeze. Thawed on counter, do not refreeze.
    Hit'em with a hammer to seperate.
  • NoVA BillNoVA Bill Posts: 3,005
    Had that idea, thanks for reinforcing it.
  • NoVA BillNoVA Bill Posts: 3,005
    Nuts! Stopped by Giant today to see if they carried pork butt - couldn't find any or anyone who worked in the meat dept. :angry: I would like to find a local source for Q'ing meats beside Costco.

    Guess I'll finally have to break down and make the journey to DC's Eastern Market when I return from vac in Palm Desert. :unsure:
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    I have a good friend in the Va Beach/Norfolk area that gets his butts at Food Lion. I know you are a good ways from there, but if you have Food Lion in your area might be worth a look.
  • NoVA BillNoVA Bill Posts: 3,005
    Hey Rod,

    We have some Food Dogs that have been converted to Blooms - I'll take a look at the one in Purcellville and keep an eye out for other Food Dogs. ;)

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