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First time Pork Shoulder (butt) HELP

AltonAlton Posts: 445
Reading a lot but have two question: do you inject or brine your butt , if so with what? And smoke it fat cap down or up? I've seen it both ways. Thanks for the help in advance
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 8,229
    Don't inject but if I have a long time with the FTC then will toss some apple juice/worcestershire mix in the foil with the butt.  I'm in the fat side down camp as my thought is "if anything sticks to the grid let it be the fat" but I've cooked fat up and down and it makes no difference cook/taste-wise-so go one way one cook and then try the other and just pick one.  YMMV-
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  • ratcheerratcheer Posts: 189
    I prefer it fat side up. I do not inject, I dry rub. And I cook it indirect at 275-325 for about 90 minutes per pound.

    Everybody will tell you something different.

  • six_eggsix_egg Posts: 679

    I have done mine both ways with fat cap. I could not really tell a difference. I have also brined and not brined. With a butt there really is no need to brine IMO. I also have used injection and not injected. I prefer injected. I use Cajun butter injection.  


    Texarkana, TX

  • hapsterhapster Posts: 7,289
    Done the inject before... Not bad. I usually go fat cap down figuring I want the bark up top.

    Just throw it on and have fun. Tough to mess up a butt...
  • AltonAlton Posts: 445
    Thanks everybody , so here the plan. Rubbed with JH Pecan Rub over yellow mustard. I than placed in in a large ziplock and poured 8oz of half and half apple cider vinegar , apple juice mixture. I'm going to keep in in the refrigerator for about 6hrs until I'm ready to start the smoke. Plan on reapplying the rub. I'm going to use pecan chunks with a beer pan. Low and slow over night. I will keep you posted
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  • keep us posted bud.  Always looking on new ideas and ways to get "the butt" recipe.  I tried something new last night, worked great, not perfect yet. ITs all part of the fun tweaking and trying new things until you get the perfect set up for you.... After a few dozens ribs I think im almost there with ribs.  just me and the wife, lil girl isnt old enough to eat pork butt, so its only special occasions I get to do a butt or itll just go to waste


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