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Brine for Boston Butt

belle's dadbelle's dad Posts: 10
edited 12:25AM in EggHead Forum
HELP - I am going to do a Boston Butt. Thought I would brine it, but, I don't have a clue as to how to make the brine. I would probably over salt it if I winged it. Thank-you for any help you can give me. Gordon


  • Belle's Dad,[p]This might help get you started.

  • SundownSundown Posts: 2,971
    Belle's Dad,[p]I'm not sure why you would want to brine a butt. I've never had to brine one. The Egg will keep it moist and the meat, when it's pulled, has a unique delicate flavor. (Sounds weird talking about unique delicate flavor when you talk about a butt) [p]You ought to try it 'straight up'.
  • JesterJester Posts: 17
    Belle's Dad,[p]Brining a but will take days. Inject a simple brine of salt, sugar and water. [p]OD
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    Jester,[p]If you brine a butt for days you will make it very "hammy".[p]Brining a butt should not be done for more than 12 hours. I personally prefer mine with no brine, marinade, or injection, but there are merits for all such methods or preparation.
  • AvocadosAvocados Posts: 465
    I always brine my butts for about 24 hours (or at least overnight) Longer than 24 and it does start to become a ham.[p]Dry with paper towels and then do your dry rub (and injection marinade if you want) for another day before smoking.[p]See the "Three day pulled pork" recipe in the '07 Eggtoberfest recipe list. I almost lost some fingers serving it there, people were eating the pulled pork so fast![p]For the brine, try adding about one cup of molases and one cup of kosher salt to a half gallon of water. [p]Mix the brine in a large stainless or aluminum pot that is big enough to hold the butt (or butts) but small enough so they are submerged in the brine. [p]Then let them sit overnight in the cold fridge.
  • JesterJester Posts: 17
    Fidel,[p]You can brine a butt for 10-12 hours butt you will not get the flavor into the meat, it would take days and yes be hammy. I will never smoke another butt without injecting. When you have the right injection, all other butts are pale in comparison. [p]OD
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