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Old 06-21-2013, 10:50 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:54 AM   #2
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:55 AM   #3
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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.

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3/4 cup apple juice
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:05 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:10 AM   #5
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My opinon is no need, just inject if you want, rub it down and toss it in the smoker.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:12 AM   #6
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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.
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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.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:04 PM   #8
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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
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:53 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:01 PM   #10
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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... Sigh.
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