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  • JeffJ
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    • Feb 2015
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    Re-freeze Ribs?

    Here is my dilemma - I am doing a birthday rib cook tomorrow. A coupe of weeks ago I found baby backs on sale for $2.69 per pound. They come in 2-packs. So, I grabbed two. So, I have gently defrosted 4 slabs of baby backs but there will only be 9 people and I think 3 slabs is the optimal amount. Can I vacuum-seal one of the slabs and re-freeze it?
  • Nate
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    • Apr 2015
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    #2
    Not sure what the official safety standard is but I personally do not thaw frozen meat then refreeze it unless I have cooked it.

    Others may disagree.

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    • Troutman
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      #3
      Go ahead and cook it then freeze it. I've done that a bunch. Either that or force your guests to eat more or take home doggie bags. In my house we have half that many, I guarantee you we could blow through 4 racks of ribs in like 2 days no problem.

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      • MBMorgan
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        #4
        Just cook'em all, serve only as much as will be needed for 9 people, then bag and freeze the remainder for future leftovers. I even go so far as to strip the meat from the unneeded ribs and bag/freeze that (saves room in the freezer).

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        • Nate
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          I like the idea of trimming the meat off and freezing just it!

        • MBMorgan
          MBMorgan commented
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          Nate - I started doing that when I realized we basically never served frozen leftover ribs as "ribs". Instead, the rib meat is typically used in dishes like stir fries.

        • Mr. Bones
          Mr. Bones commented
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          Mbmorgan I also do that, an make stock with th bones Yum!
      • JeffJ
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        • Feb 2015
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        #5
        Thanks for the quick responses. I've done a little research and it is safe to refreeze them so long as they were defrosted in a cold environment, like a 'fridge. The problem with re-freezing is they lose some moisture in the process and I've become a cooking perfectionist so I can't have that. I am going to follow the advice of everyone here and just cook them all. From there, we'll make a determination as to what to do with the leftovers. Perhaps like Mbmorgan said, remove the meat from the bones and freeze it. It would make a nice accompaniment to some chorizo and andouille for a nice, cajun breakfast hash (I've done this with leftover pulled pork).

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        • jfmorris
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          #6
          Personally, 3 slabs of baby backs is not much for 9 adults in my experience, even if its the super meaty "loin back" ribs I get from Sam's Club. The rule of thumb on ribs is usually about a half slab per person, which will average out for the woman that eats 3 bones, and the guy that eats 6 or 7.

          Now if you are cooking something else with the ribs, 3 racks is plenty.

          I've been known to consume left over ribs for lunch or dinner for several days in a row after a big cook, and they are fine as leftovers.

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          • smokenoob
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            eat the ribs, refreeze the dessert!

          • JeffJ
            JeffJ commented
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            jfmorris my wife has gotten me to cook make-ahead meat alongside a dinner. It works well and makes for healthier and more flavorful work lunches than going to Taco Bell.

          • Dewesq55
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            I agree [email protected] jfmorris on ½ rack per person for baby backs.
        • JeffJ
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          #7
          I cooked all 4 of them. It took over 6 hours in the 26 + SnS and I felt that they should have gone a bit longer. This is what they looked like pre and post sauce:

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          • DWCowles
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            They sure look good!
        • Omega-Man
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          #8
          My mother taught me that you shouldn't refreeze meat. But, if you cook the defrosted meat you can then freeze when done. It has worked for me over the years.

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          • JeffJ
            JeffJ commented
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            I got a vacuum-sealer for my birthday. I plan on using it for the leftover meat.

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