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OT - Dry Ice for shipment

bradleya123bradleya123 Posts: 210
Anyone have experience with shipping BBQ using dry ice?  Heading up to Michigan in June for a guys golf trip and i'd like to ship a couple of Boston Butts to the event.  Any insight would be greatly appreciated!  

Thanks in advance!
Retired Navy, LBGE
Pinehurst, NC

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  • Matt86mMatt86m Posts: 258
    Call the shipping company first and ask if you can pack in dry ice. 
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  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 9,373
    Anyone have experience with shipping BBQ using dry ice?  Heading up to Michigan in June for a guys golf trip and i'd like to ship a couple of Boston Butts to the event.  Any insight would be greatly appreciated!  

    Thanks in advance!
    Are you wanting to take a couple frozen, cryo packed butts to cook up there?
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 5,205
    edited May 8
    I do it all the time, 5# per container is the max and container has to be ventable

    also buy a cheap ice chest VS a styrofoam container-
    Visalia, Ca
  • HoustonEggerHoustonEgger Posts: 605
    I do this daily for work. You'll have to declare the dry ice if shipping via air, 5# max is correct - you can usually get that amount at any grocery store. Determine the # of days in transit to see how you need to ship - NC to MI should be 3 days via Ground. Freeze your meats prior to shipping, pack in a polystyrene cooler (in a box), label perishable, add your dry ice and gel packs if you wish and send it on it's way. Make sure someone is there to receive and open it straight away
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  • bradleya123bradleya123 Posts: 210
    Photo Egg said:
    Anyone have experience with shipping BBQ using dry ice?  Heading up to Michigan in June for a guys golf trip and i'd like to ship a couple of Boston Butts to the event.  Any insight would be greatly appreciated!  

    Thanks in advance!
    Are you wanting to take a couple frozen, cryo packed butts to cook up there?

    That's the plan.  
    Retired Navy, LBGE
    Pinehurst, NC

  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 9,373
    Photo Egg said:
    Anyone have experience with shipping BBQ using dry ice?  Heading up to Michigan in June for a guys golf trip and i'd like to ship a couple of Boston Butts to the event.  Any insight would be greatly appreciated!  

    Thanks in advance!
    Are you wanting to take a couple frozen, cryo packed butts to cook up there?

    That's the plan.  
    Buy a cheap soft cooler. Freeze the pork butts solid.
    You can carry it on the plane as carry-on with small amount of dry ice. You can not use freezer packs because as the thaw it turns liquid and liquids are not permitted over a few ounces.
    We took 2 soft coolers of frozen meat from Houston-Miami-Turks and Caicos. Through several check points and Customs. No issues, just strange looks. Even if they start to thaw a little it's ok because you need them to thaw to cook anyway. No wasted money on shipping.
    But I bet it would not be hard to find Pork Butts in Michigan at any Sams or Costco?
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • ThatgrimguyThatgrimguy Posts: 4,108
    I’ve always bought my meat locally when I get there. What makes you feel like you won’t be able to find a couple pork butts where you are going?
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  • bradleya123bradleya123 Posts: 210
    I’ve always bought my meat locally when I get there. What makes you feel like you won’t be able to find a couple pork butts where you are going?
    Only thing they have are gas grills which isn't a big deal it's more about the time factor.  We are playing 36 holes a day and just have no time to smoke a couple of butts.  
    Retired Navy, LBGE
    Pinehurst, NC

  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 9,373
    I’ve always bought my meat locally when I get there. What makes you feel like you won’t be able to find a couple pork butts where you are going?
    Only thing they have are gas grills which isn't a big deal it's more about the time factor.  We are playing 36 holes a day and just have no time to smoke a couple of butts.  
    That cleared things up.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • MaskedMarvelMaskedMarvel Posts: 2,654
    Wouldn’t shipping from someone who sells them be a better and more economical idea?

    Maybe not the cheapest (send an Uber to Walmart to pickup would be what I’d do), but here’s a next day solution:


    https://www.debragga.com/pork/free-range-pork/free-range-iowa-pork-boneless-butt.html
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