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cpw
12-12-2013, 09:09 AM
Normally for competitions, I'll make enough injections/sauces for each contest the week of the contest, typically using Butcher's injections mixed with juice, stock, etc.

So my question is, can I go ahead and make like 2 gallons of injection and then use it throughout the year instead of making individual 2 cup batches? Will the quality of the injection degrade over time, or does it matter?

Thanks!
Chad

fnbish
12-12-2013, 09:19 AM
It will be interesting to see how long folks have gone with success. The most I've gone is 2 weeks for mixing sauces and injections and we did well at the event where they were used. I normally make sauce/injections the Sunday before.

If I had to guess I would think you might even be able to go a month on sauce/injection without tasting/smelling a difference.

Cayman1
12-12-2013, 09:35 AM
I was told by one of the people that sell the injections that I should not store longer than 2 days. You might want to check with Butchers or whichever injection brand you use.

cpw
12-12-2013, 09:54 AM
I was told by one of the people that sell the injections that I should not store longer than 2 days. You might want to check with Butchers or whichever injection brand you use.

That's interesting, I always make injections the Sunday before the contest. I'll email Butcher's and see what he says.

Lake Dogs
12-12-2013, 10:24 AM
Longest I've gone was 36 hours...

Smitty250
12-12-2013, 10:35 AM
I put my injections and sauce together the Wednesday before the comp (made them yesterday for the last comp of the year this weekend in Las Vegas) I have used Butchers and Kosmos.

Rich Parker
12-12-2013, 11:33 AM
I usually make mine on Sunday or Monday before so that is a few days. I have noticed when the couple times I have mixed them on site is that it doesn't seem as good. I thought maybe it didn't have enough time to mix all up and blend properly. Who knows be interesting to hear what Dave or Darian say about their products.

Cayman1
12-12-2013, 11:46 AM
I used to make mine on Tuesday or Wednesday before the contest. I am very interested to see what Dave has to say. I already know Kosmos response.

cpw
12-12-2013, 12:19 PM
Here's the official word from Dave:
"I know of people that keep it week to week but I don't know of anyone keeping it that long. I can't tell you it would hold up that long because it would continue to thicken. Sorry but you may just have to test it your self."

DanaK6JQ
12-12-2013, 03:28 PM
I usually make mine on Sunday or Monday before so that is a few days. I have noticed when the couple times I have mixed them on site is that it doesn't seem as good. I thought maybe it didn't have enough time to mix all up and blend properly. Who knows be interesting to hear what Dave or Darian say about their products.

I find that my injections always improve with a couple of days in the refrigerator, so I usually mix 'em up by Wednesday.

Sauces are different, I tend to mix those up on Thursday.

Butcher BBQ
12-12-2013, 06:44 PM
Here's the official word from Dave:
"I know of people that keep it week to week but I don't know of anyone keeping it that long. I can't tell you it would hold up that long because it would continue to thicken. Sorry but you may just have to test it your self."




Thanks you beat me to the post. Yea, The make up of the injection doesn't have anything in it that would deteriorate after setting. But like I said it will get thicker over time.

bruno994
12-13-2013, 07:52 AM
I used to make mine on Tuesday or Wednesday before the contest. I am very interested to see what Dave has to say. I already know Kosmos response.
What is Kosmos response? I use Reserve and typically mix it once on site, back into the cooler for 3 to 4 hours then I inject about 6 hours before I plan on starting the meat.

Cayman1
12-13-2013, 09:00 AM
What is Kosmos response?

1 to 2 days.

Balls Casten
12-13-2013, 09:41 AM
the only problem that I would see would be a change of ph over time.

INmitch
12-13-2013, 09:52 AM
2 different times this last year I mixed (Butchers) 12 days ahead of time. It was just fine. Every couple days I would shake the chit out of it. I like the idea of the spices mixing in over time. I only did this when we would do two comps in a row and not come home. Normally I mix them Tuesdays.

Butcher BBQ
12-13-2013, 07:41 PM
2 different times this last year I mixed (Butchers) 12 days ahead of time. It was just fine. Every couple days I would shake the chit out of it. I like the idea of the spices mixing in over time. I only did this when we would do two comps in a row and not come home. Normally I mix them Tuesdays.

Yep you should be just fine with this process. If you use good product to mix with no reason it shouldn't last this long. The question that started this thread was for a months worth of product. Thats the unknown question for me. I may do this and let some set just to find out.