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Old 06-26-2007, 01:51 PM   #11
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sparrowgrass, I too cook at 225 all night long for a boston butt - but a frozen one I'm not so sure about. I know you can cook frozen meats in the oven, and even on the grill - it's just that low slow I have a HUGE question about. I, personally, wouldn't do it. I'm sure you would have to add a good amount of time to the cooking process, which isn't a huge issue. Like I said, my issue is cooking from frozen low and slow. I just am not up on these facts.
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Old 06-26-2007, 03:17 PM   #12
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Putting a frozen butt in a 225 degree oven is asking for trouble, IMO. The surface of the meat would remain in the danger zone for quite some time, allowing bacteria to multiply and produce spores. Many types of spores are not killed by heat. Thus, IMO, a recipe for food poisoning.

But, as long as the exterior of the meat has not been pierced (resulting in interior contamination), if you sear the outside of the meat at high heat to kill the bacteria and keep the oven hot enough for a while -- long enough to allow the outside to get to and remain above 140 at all times -- and then turn down to 225 ... then I'm not as concerned.

IMO, it's still good practice to thaw meat before cooking.
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OK - I have to ask - the outside say 1/2"???? IF (big IF) I were to EVER need to do this I would NOT poke the instant read thermometer in more than 1/2", probably not even that much. It's good to know though for a "just in case" - but I still don't think I'd do it

sparrowgrass, last Christmas Eve I cooked a BIG pork butt in my oven, simply sitting on the rack with a sheet cake pan under it full of apple juice. I started it early that morning (around 8:00). It was for Christmas Day but we were going to nibble Christmas Eve. I am soooooooooooooo VERY glad I started it when I did - that thing took about 21 hours to cook but let me tell you, it was like butter in your mouth and made a most delightful Christmas breakfast!!! LOL
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Putting a frozen butt in a 225 degree oven is asking for trouble, IMO.

I can't believe I wrote that.
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