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  Topic: Split/freeze brisket before or after cooking
Ken in Maine

Replies: 3
Views: 2330

PostForum: General BBQ Discussion   Posted: Jun 10 2021   Subject: Split/freeze brisket before or after cooking
We smoke several thousand pounds of brisket, pork etc and from personal experience we never smoke frozen/thawed meats. Always smoke fresh and then freeze.
  Topic: Freezing whole smoked brisket
Ken in Maine

Replies: 2
Views: 5471

PostForum: General BBQ Discussion   Posted: Nov 12 2019   Subject: Freezing whole smoked brisket
We smoke several thousand pounds of brisket each year. I don't think you'd get a good result by freezing it whole. My suggestion would be to slice it, add some liquid and freeze it that way. It thaw ...
  Topic: I can't taste my smoke
Ken in Maine

Replies: 8
Views: 7889

PostForum: General BBQ Discussion   Posted: Aug 15 2019   Subject: I can't taste my smoke
We've been doing BBQ for 5 straight years and to be honest we don't even eat our own product anymore. People rave about the flavor and taste but we've inhaled so much wood smoke that's all we can tast ...
  Topic: Electric knife
Ken in Maine

Replies: 4
Views: 4597

PostForum: General BBQ Discussion   Posted: Jun 30 2018   Subject: Electric knife
I just bought one of these a couple weeks ago. It comes with two blades... one for bread and one for meat. For several years we sliced our brisket by hand with a sharp knife but the electric knife ma ...
  Topic: brisket question
Ken in Maine

Replies: 5
Views: 9899

PostForum: Commercial BBQ   Posted: Aug 28 2017   Subject: brisket question
We are fortunate to be able to get Star Ranch Choice Angus briskets from IBP from our local supplier. Usually 4 to a case and total weight around 80 lbs.. Cook up nice in about 9 to 10 hours at 275/ ...
  Topic: Freezing Pork Butts
Ken in Maine

Replies: 4
Views: 1932

PostForum: General BBQ Discussion   Posted: Aug 25 2017   Subject: Freezing Pork Butts
It is always better to freeze in a manual defrost freezer than a self defrost. Self defrost goes into a heat cycle to melt any ice build up and this will affect the long term freeze of products in th ...
  Topic: electric knife
Ken in Maine

Replies: 0
Views: 1317

PostForum: General BBQ Discussion   Posted: Jun 06 2017   Subject: electric knife
I'd like to get a more uniform slice on my brisket and have been looking at electric knives. Wondering which brands you all might use. Several I have seen say they are just for bread and not to use ...
  Topic: Using quality meats
Ken in Maine

Replies: 6
Views: 8821

PostForum: Vending   Posted: Jan 27 2017   Subject: Using quality meats
BBQ has always been the idea of taking less quality meats and through technique... slow cooking and smoke turn them into something desirable.I don't think the average consumer can recognize the differ ...
  Topic: Summertime sales
Ken in Maine

Replies: 11
Views: 14728

PostForum: Vending   Posted: Nov 30 2016   Subject: Summertime sales
Like I said... "to each his own"...
  Topic: Summertime sales
Ken in Maine

Replies: 11
Views: 14728

PostForum: Vending   Posted: Nov 27 2016   Subject: Summertime sales
I guess each to his own... we've been doing it this way for three years and do a grand a weekend so we must be doing something right.

We also operate out of our own state licensed commercial kitch ...
  Topic: Summertime sales
Ken in Maine

Replies: 11
Views: 14728

PostForum: Vending   Posted: Nov 27 2016   Subject: Summertime sales
Why would that be illegal. Just about every restaurant deals with frozen items. It takes 10 hours to smoke a pork butt... how would you do that to serve "fresh"?
  Topic: Summertime sales
Ken in Maine

Replies: 11
Views: 14728

PostForum: Vending   Posted: Nov 24 2016   Subject: Summertime sales
Just an update on this thread. As the weather has gotten cooler here in Maine we have noticed a 75% increase in sales. The perfect day seems to be right in the mid 50's. The biggest draw back is wi ...
  Topic: Boneless pork butts
Ken in Maine

Replies: 10
Views: 3846

PostForum: General BBQ Discussion   Posted: Nov 21 2016   Subject: Boneless pork butts
Saved all 7 pans. Smoked for 4 hours, covered, at 250. They came out perfect. Pulled just like they were supposed to.
That's $125.00 worth of meat good to go!
  Topic: Boneless pork butts
Ken in Maine

Replies: 10
Views: 3846

PostForum: General BBQ Discussion   Posted: Nov 20 2016   Subject: Boneless pork butts
Here it is Sunday... a bit breezy and light rain but we fired up the smoker and put 7 pans of the under cooked pork butt in to see if we can save it.
  Topic: Boneless pork butts
Ken in Maine

Replies: 10
Views: 3846

PostForum: General BBQ Discussion   Posted: Nov 19 2016   Subject: Boneless pork butts
Okay now I understand. Yes my wife put them in the freezer and we'll take them out to thaw a day or so before we re-cook them.

I don't worry too much about keeping things in our fridge. we have t ...
  Topic: Boneless pork butts
Ken in Maine

Replies: 10
Views: 3846

PostForum: General BBQ Discussion   Posted: Nov 19 2016   Subject: Boneless pork butts
Not sure what you mean. We prepped them fresh. Injected the evening before, then dry rub in the morning... went into the smoker at 7:30am and came out around 4:00. When we found they were difficult ...
  Topic: Boneless pork butts
Ken in Maine

Replies: 10
Views: 3846

PostForum: General BBQ Discussion   Posted: Nov 18 2016   Subject: Boneless pork butts
That's been our usual experience... We're going to re-do the boneless butts on Sunday and hope for the best. Figure about 4 hours at 275 should finish them up. Guess I'm going to have to check ever ...
  Topic: Boneless pork butts
Ken in Maine

Replies: 10
Views: 3846

PostForum: General BBQ Discussion   Posted: Nov 17 2016   Subject: Boneless pork butts
We've been smoking and selling roadside for almost three years... It's been great. We have always, I repeat always, used bone-in butts with excellent results. I just changed suppliers and order 3 c ...
  Topic: Summertime sales
Ken in Maine

Replies: 11
Views: 14728

PostForum: Vending   Posted: Aug 16 2016   Subject: Summertime sales
We've seen the same thing here in Maine this year. We started the 3rd week of March doing roadside and had our best day ever with consistent sale until the weather got warmer... Sales dropped in half ...
  Topic: Memorial day.
Ken in Maine

Replies: 21
Views: 5762

PostForum: General BBQ Discussion   Posted: May 27 2016   Subject: Memorial day.
We're having a goat husbandry class weekend so Sunday we fire up the smoker for some good wood fired low and slow BBQ for about 30 people. Menu is Pulled pork, brisket, smoked sausage, chicken thighs ...
 
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