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Pork butt prep -- am I missing anything?

OhioEgger
OhioEgger Posts: 898
SWMBO and I both love pulled pork, so I make it often. Converted to turbo some years ago and never looked back.

But my normal practice is to simply cover it with kosher salt and my homemade rub, then put it right on the Egg.

I just got to wondering if I might be missing a step that would bump it up a notch. Like brining it first (wet or dry), letting it sit overnight with the salt and/or rub, using something like a CYM smear to help the rub adhere, etc., etc.

Any suggestions, or should I just keep doing what I do?
Cincinnati, Ohio. Large BGE since 2011. Still learning.

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  • RRP
    RRP Posts: 25,838
    Personally I only brined one once and it tasted like a cheap and crappy ham! 
    Re-gasketing America one yard at a time.
  • 4TheGrillOfIt
    4TheGrillOfIt Posts: 741
    What are you considering turbo—325F?  The difference in bark, for me, between 275 or lower, 300 and 325F is significant.  Lately, I’ve been doing 300F.  Seems to be a good compromise.  Much prefer the end product vs. higher temps.
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  • OhioEgger
    OhioEgger Posts: 898
    What are you considering turbo—325F?  The difference in bark, for me, between 275 or lower, 300 and 325F is significant.  Lately, I’ve been doing 300F.  Seems to be a good compromise.  Much prefer the end product vs. higher temps.
    Turbo for me is in the 375-400°F range. I probably just have a faded palate, because I honestly can't tell the difference between L&S and turbo.
    Cincinnati, Ohio. Large BGE since 2011. Still learning.
  • loco_engr
    loco_engr Posts: 5,752
    I don't see anything wrong with present technique 
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  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 18,844
    edited May 2022
    OhioEgger said:
    SWMBO and I both love pulled pork, so I make it often. Converted to turbo some years ago and never looked back.

    But my normal practice is to simply cover it with kosher salt and my homemade rub, then put it right on the Egg.

    I just got to wondering if I might be missing a step that would bump it up a notch. Like brining it first (wet or dry), letting it sit overnight with the salt and/or rub, using something like a CYM smear to help the rub adhere, etc., etc.

    Any suggestions, or should I just keep doing what I do?
    I have started doing my shoulder in an aluminum pan, I flip it during the cook to get bark all around.  When I pull it, I reincorporate the drippings (after pulling out all the unrendered fat chunks) and add more rub.  Always a crowd pleaser.
    A bison’s level of aggressiveness, both physical and passive, is legendary. - NPS
  • OhioEgger
    OhioEgger Posts: 898
    Ozzie_Isaac said: I have started doing my shoulder in an aluminum pan, I flip it during the cook to get bark all around.  When I pull it, I reincorporate the drippings (after pulling out all the unrendered fat chunks) and add more rub.  Always a crowd pleaser.
    Very interesting. What I usually do when I pull it is to incorporate a mixture of BBQ sauce and ACV. I think I'll try your technique and add some drippings to the mix next time. Thanks!
    Cincinnati, Ohio. Large BGE since 2011. Still learning.
  • YukonRon
    YukonRon Posts: 16,976
    I wet brine mine in pickling salt, molasses and filtered water, add rub, then cover in peach preserves. Low and slow, smoke with peach.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 18,844
    YukonRon said:
    I wet brine mine in pickling salt, molasses and filtered water, add rub, then cover in peach preserves. Low and slow, smoke with peach.
    Does filtered water make a difference?
    A bison’s level of aggressiveness, both physical and passive, is legendary. - NPS
  • kl8ton
    kl8ton Posts: 5,392
    I do like apple cider vinegar in the tray after it's pulled or chopped.  
    Large, Medium, MiniMax, & 22, and 36" Blackstone
    Grand Rapids MI
  • alaskanassasin
    alaskanassasin Posts: 7,508
    kl8ton said:
    I do like apple cider vinegar in the tray after it's pulled or chopped.  

     Flirting with Carolina sauce there..
    South of Columbus, Ohio.


  • lkapigian
    lkapigian Posts: 10,652
    I was skeptical , but I really like this stuff 
    Visalia, Ca @lkapigian
  • RyanStl
    RyanStl Posts: 1,050
    I tried brining once and it didn't do anything for me. Now I only brine birds and salmon.  Like you I usually rub right before going on the smoker. Rubbing the day before didn't add much.

    Like Ozzie_Isaac, I use aluminum pans as well and put the dripping and a bit more rub in the pulled meat.   However, I only use the pan in the wrap phase with foil on top.  I don't actually wrap the butt.

    I've done injections and liked it. If you want to try something different do a vinegar injection or inject Jamaican jerk mixture.