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  • IrondeQuer
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    • Jul 2014
    • 264
    • Irondequoit, NY
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    My Pulled Pork Went Swimming

    It was my first time reheating bags of meat that were vacuum packed and frozen. I figured it would be pretty simple to do and I put a towel on the bottom of a pot, put two frozen bags in the water and turned on the heat.

    The water never actually came to a boil but after a while, maybe 35-40 minutes, the bottom seam of one popped a hole and when I pulled the other out of the water, the seam fully broke and the meat went sliding out into the water.

    I used a FoodSaver and two gallon-sized FoodSaver bags to originally pack the meat and it was about 3.5 pounds total. It was the pre-made seam that let go.

    Maybe too much for one pot? Should the bag(s) lay flat when reheating? Any general procedures you use to keep this from happening?

    On the whole, the pork wasn't too bad. I ended up straining it and then using bbq sauce to take the place of the missing juices. A bit soggy but it still tasted pretty good.

    Thanks for any advice!
  • mackdaddy
    Former Member
    • Jul 2015
    • 264
    • Greencastle, PA

    #2
    oh my. At least you got to salvage it some what.

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    • Ernest
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      • Jul 2014
      • 3354
      • Dallas, Texas
      • Pit Barrel Cooker AKA The Chicken Whisperer, WSM 14.5 AKA Smokey, WSM 22.5 AKA Big Worm, Weber Performer Platinum. KARUBECUE

      #3
      You heat the water first, take the pot off the heat then put the bags in or pour the water into a cooler.

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      • IrondeQuer
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        • Jul 2014
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        #4
        Hmmm. Interesting, Ernest! I guess you really wouldn't need to keep the flame on, at least for small bags.

        I also wonder if FoodSaver bags just suck or if the rolls are better, i.e., more reliable.

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        • Ernest
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          • Jul 2014
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          • Dallas, Texas
          • Pit Barrel Cooker AKA The Chicken Whisperer, WSM 14.5 AKA Smokey, WSM 22.5 AKA Big Worm, Weber Performer Platinum. KARUBECUE

          #5
          No flame. The bottom of the pot is hotter than the water is you leave the flame on.

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          • Dr ROK
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            • Dec 2014
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            • Morrill, Nebraska
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            #6
            I will sometimes place my vacuum sealed bags inside a gallon freezer ziplock just to be safe.

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            • chudzikb
              Charter Member
              • Dec 2014
              • 204

              #7
              Sealing some today. I can't remember what type of bags I use, but, they are robust. That would not be a good day to have a beach in the containment field!

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              • Dr ROK
                Charter Member
                • Dec 2014
                • 1350
                • Morrill, Nebraska
                • Retired high school teacher and principal
                  Dr ROK - Rider of Kawasaki &/or rock and roll fan
                  Yoder 640 on Husker themed comp cart
                  Cookshack Smokette smoker
                  Antique refrigerator smoker
                  Weber 22 1/2" kettle w/ GrillGrates AND Slow and Sear
                  Rec Tec Mini Portable Tailgater w/ GrillGrates
                  Plenty of GrillGrates
                  Uuni wood pellet oven, first generation
                  Roccbox Pizza Oven
                  Meater Block
                  "Go Big Red" Thermopen instant read thermometer
                  Ultrafast instant read thermometer
                  CDN quick read thermometer
                  Maverick ET-732 thermometer
                  Maverick ET-735 thermometer
                  Tru-Temp wireless thermometer
                  Infrared thermometer (Mainly use for pizza on the Uuni and Roccbox)

                  Beverages - Is there really anything other than Guinness? Oh yeah, I forgot about tequila!

                #8
                Doesn't hurt to put two seals on each end of the bag too.

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                • IrondeQuer
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                  • Jul 2014
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                  #9
                  Thanks all! Some good ideas Dr ROK.

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                  • David Parrish
                    Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
                    • May 2014
                    • 5046
                    • Charlotte, NC

                    #10
                    I just microwave pulled pork, or use a slow cooker. Works great.

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