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Scottt 06-21-2013 10:50 AM

First butt question
 
I'm planning on smoking my first pork butt this weekend and I was thinking of soaking it in a brine over night. Is this a good idea or not? Pros and cons?
Thank you for any input.

Bludawg 06-21-2013 10:54 AM

waste of time

Ron_L 06-21-2013 10:55 AM

I wouldn't waste your time. A butt has enough internal fat to keep it moist, and they are typically thick enough that it would take more than overnight for the brine to penetrate.

If you want to get more flavor inside you can inject. Chris Lilly's injection is a good starting point, but most guys cut back on the salt.

Pork injection
3/4 cup apple juice
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons Worcestershire

strame 06-21-2013 11:05 AM

Brine it!
 
I brine all pork, chicken and turkey. Butts and whole turkeys overnight in a cooler with ice water and chicken pieces for a few hours. If you have any doubts, try grilling 8 pork chops. Brine 4 of them then grill all 8 together with only you knowing which is which. Let people blind taste them and see what the results are. You MUST rinse them very well before seasoning. Just my .02...
I also inject my butts with Cherry Coke. Sounds strange but works well.

firefighter4634 06-21-2013 11:10 AM

My opinon is no need, just inject if you want, rub it down and toss it in the smoker.

Ron_L 06-21-2013 11:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by strame (Post 2524035)
I brine all pork, chicken and turkey. Butts and whole turkeys overnight in a cooler with ice water and chicken pieces for a few hours. If you have any doubts, try grilling 8 pork chops. Brine 4 of them then grill all 8 together with only you knowing which is which. Let people blind taste them and see what the results are. You MUST rinse them very well before seasoning. Just my .02...

Chops are a lot different than a butt. I brine pork chops and loin. Those are lean cuts that benefit from the added moisture.

Bigrolltide1877 06-21-2013 11:14 AM

I usually inject with apple juice and coat the butt with mustard then coat it with rub and let it set overnight in the fridge.

Scottt 06-21-2013 12:04 PM

Thanks for all the advice. And thank you for the injection recipe. I guess I won't be brining but I will be turning my butt into a junkie. LOL

SmokinJohn 06-21-2013 12:53 PM

Since this is your first butt, I would cook it normally (rub and smoke). After you sample it, make the additions/corrections for next time.

Or...since Stater Brothers has butts for 1.49/lb this week, buy two and inject one. Then you can compare the difference right off the bat.

strame 06-21-2013 01:01 PM

Now you did it!
 
Great, now I am forced to take my own advice and smoke some butts side by side. One brined, one not and compare. That means all day watching a fire and drinking beer...:becky: Sigh.


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