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Old 09-14-2017, 08:52 AM   #16
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Next cook I am doing one injected and one not, then having them do a blind taste test.
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:39 AM   #17
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Sounds fishy.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:00 AM   #18
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I've had a few different people over the past year or so eat pulled pork I've made and mention they detected a seafood taste to it. I always sample what I cook and I've never been able to detect it, but the fact completely unrelated people have offered that up unsolicited makes me believe they do legitimately taste it.

I usually use the "Chris Lilly pork injection" and fresh pork, so the only thing I can think of is that the Worcestershire sauce in it, which includes anchovies, is what they're detecting and perhaps it's kind of like cilantro - some people love it, and others think it tastes like soap - which is supposedly genetic.

I have been kicking around a few Worcestershire substitutes that still have an umami/savory note, just wondering if anyone else has heard this before. I'm not a real big fan of pork (I still like ribs) anyway, and maybe my palette just doesn't detect it.
As Toast alluded to, if you have smoked fish in your smoker before, that is "possibly" the problem. Harry Soo, who is a WSM expert, says never to smoke fish in your main WSM. He says you should have a separate WSM for fish if that is what you want to do. I have never smoked fish in my WSMs, but have grilled fish on my kettle. I have never noticed a fishy aftertaste whan I grilled other meats on the kettle at a later date, so I cannot say for sure if that is your problem, just a possibility.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:21 AM   #19
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No fish, this last one came off my Shirley.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:39 AM   #20
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I'm still back at people with genetic conditions thinking stinkbugs taste like soap.
Maybe you need to throw a few stinkbugs in your next cook to clean up the fishy taste?
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Maybe some of the pork you have bought are being fed fish meal.
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Cilantro taste like stink bugs. I like cilantro, don't ask me how i know cilantro taste like stink bugs.... Lets just say i am a fan of bizarre foods.
Oh no, you brought it up. How do you know what stink bugs taste like?

On a similar note, I told my son that I thought Red Bulls and Monsters tasted like flavored urine, evoking a similar response.
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:25 PM   #23
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Are you using the same brand of butts every time? Didn't see that asked, but maybe I missed it.

If so, I'd switch that up and keep everything else the same. See what happens.
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Old 09-14-2017, 07:09 PM   #24
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I've cooked a lot of butts of different brands in some different ways, and I've never encountered a "fishy" taste to the meat. I've injected some with mixes including Worcestershire, and never encountered any fishy taste.

I can't taste the anchovies in straight Worcestershire sauce.

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Old 09-14-2017, 07:11 PM   #25
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I almost always use Smithfield Prime Reserve from Sam's, and did this past time. I have been considering switching to whatever Costco has (I believe most times I've looked it has been Swift) because I am starting to feel like the money muscle on the ones from Sam's are too small, even on a larger butt (8lb+). I think for this next test I will use them again just so that I only change one variable. Tons of people surely use the butts from Sam's so I would think that if it was the meat/brand someone else would've noticed.
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