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Feb 27, 2009 10:06 AM

Frozen Pork Butt in Crockpot w/o Defrosting First?

I have a 3.5 pound frozen, boneless pork butt in the freezer and was wondering whether I can simply put it straight from the freezer into a crockpot without drefrosting it first? If so, does anyone have any advice as to how long it should be left to cook and whether it would be best to add any liquid at the beginning or after it has defrosted a bit. I was planning to use it to make pulled pork. TIA.

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  1. Tedmom - I don't think that's a good idea. The temp of the meat stays at a dangerous level for too long, allowing for bacteria growth. You definitely want to defrost first. My latest "Cooking Light" magazine just had an article on it. You could probably go to their website for more info.

    1. I've done this a couple of times. I don't recall the weight offhand, but around 3 - 5 lbs sounds very likely to what I'd buy

      To make a pulled pork. I would add about a cup of liquid. That should be plenty, it will be creating some nice broth on its own, and the additional will be perfect to use with your sauce.

      1. I'm not a fan of this idea...

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        1. re: jaykayen

          My recollection is that the crock pot literature warns you not to use frozen meat. The problem is that you are creating ideal conditions for bacterial contamination. Furthermore, you may thermal stress the crock and cause it to crack, which is just what happened once when one of my confreres put frozen chicken into the crock pot.

        2. Unless you are in a helluva hurry, let it thaw in the fridge. If you must do it right away, brown in a frypan first to at least kill the surface bacteria. This may be difficult with frozen meat. Dunno...never tried.

          1. I would cook something else until it thawed. That just sounds scary!