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Have You Ever Injected a Pork Butt?

CullumCullum Posts: 215
edited June 2012 in EggHead Forum

Have you done it with a pork butt and does it make any difference?

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  • It does make a difference but if you think about it, it's not needed. You can add the exact same flavor and moisture to the butt after you pull it (hence the vinegar sauce that many use to finish a butt). It's really more of a pain than it's worth


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  • plus, when you inject, there are always "veins" of whatever flavor you use to inject. it's very uneven. If you do it after you pull, every bite is the same as it should be.


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  • CullumCullum Posts: 215
    Great point. Thanks!
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 20,680
    i do it occassionally with a vinegar sauce injection. i do it in the egg when the butts up to 170/180 internal, when its hot it takes more of   the injection and in the egg theres no mess to worry about
  • Z_EggineerZ_Eggineer Posts: 576

    I injected a boston butt once.... (insert joke)

    It did add some good flavor, but was inconsistent.  It made a HUGE mess and most seemed to come out into the drip pan.  IF I did it again, I would wrap the butt in some kind of plastic-y wrap first and spread more evenly.  Shoulder has so much moisture already, IMO.  I will try brining one one day but that I think is also unnecessary.

    Make sure a finishing sauce is smooth and pretty (if that is your thing).  Seen some pulled pork in comps that LOOKS like it has lumpy, dull orange gravy on it.

  • I injected a boston butt once.... (insert joke)

    It did add some good flavor, but was inconsistent.  It made a HUGE mess and most seemed to come out into the drip pan.  IF I did it again, I would wrap the butt in some kind of plastic-y wrap first and spread more evenly.  Shoulder has so much moisture already, IMO.  I will try brining one one day but that I think is also unnecessary.
    Make sure a finishing sauce is smooth and pretty (if that is your thing).  Seen some pulled pork in comps that LOOKS like it has lumpy, dull orange gravy on it.
    Good call. My finishing sauce is almost clear (vinegar, crystal hot sauce, sugar, pepper)
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  • Phoenix824Phoenix824 Posts: 243
    I did the last one I cooked.   I will not again.     Killed the meat taste I was looking for.
    Steve Van Wert, Ohio XL BGE
  • tmackietmackie Posts: 67
    I use Moe Cason's (sp) injection. He's a BGE user and Grand Champion who's been on BBQ Pitmasters and won and had a narrow 0.6 point loss to 2010 World Champion Melissa Cookston last night.

    His is Coca-Cola, Jerk Seasoning Paste and what he calls Ham Paste which is a reduced and intensified pork stock. He mixes the two pastes with the Coke then strains before injecting. It does add some flavor if done properly.

    I think the key is to inject the butt in the Cryovac packaging and let it sit overnight before opening and applying a dry rub. Doesn't make a huge difference but I can tell the difference and it both adds flavor and tenderizes due to the highly acidic nature of the cola.
  • BOWHUNRBOWHUNR Posts: 1,479
    I use Butcher BBQ's pork injection and instead of mixing with water I use Dr. Pepper.

    Mike

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    Omaha, NE
  • DuganboyDuganboy Posts: 1,118
    I bought Myron Mixon's first cookbook and I followed  his injection to the letter.  I could not tell a bit of difference in the finished product.
  • fish8503fish8503 Posts: 30
    I have injected with different things and could not tell any difference.
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 12,063
    For those who inject before the meat goes ont he BGE, cover it with a plastic wrap and then inject through the wrap.  Keeps the stray injection confined and much easier to clean-up.
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood.
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