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Old 06-15-2013, 02:19 AM   #1
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Question Brining a Pork Shoulder?

I have a nice ~ 12 lbs pork shoulder roast without bone without speck waiting to be put on my WSM tomorrow.




I already searched the forum, a similar thread about a year ago did not lead to a conclusive answer. Some say brining pork is totally unnecessary, others prefer to inject the brine.

Brining a pork can be beneficial or even necessary (see Grandpa Kwock's Char Siu Boneless Pork Belly), but it's not something I'd think about when prepping such a nice large piece of medium fatty pork.

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Old 06-15-2013, 04:24 AM   #2
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I definately would not brine that.

Maybe inject with some apple cider, apple vinegar, maple syrup etc.... but that's about it The reason is that you are putting it on real soon. If you were prepared to let sit in the brine for a few days, that might be OK. Anyway, that is a fine looking peice of meat. I'm sure it's going to taste awesome!

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Old 06-15-2013, 04:56 AM   #3
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x 2, no brining for that.
It has great fat content and you like the flavor of the pork so...why?
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Flavor enhancing, maybe I'll try with Apple Cidre injections.
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Old 06-15-2013, 05:40 AM   #5
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NO brine. You don't want to risk making hammy BBQ. That bad boy is full of flavor on it's own. Only bother with injecting flavor if (A) you're not happy with your product or (B) whoever is eating your food is only gonna eat one bite or two and ya wanna wow them for some reason.

Just rub and throw her on the smoker. As a matter of fact if the rub I wanna use has salt in it I will NOT ever let the rub sit much more than an couple hours before it's on the smoker to keep from having a hammy pork butt.


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I wouldn't waste my time brining or injecting that. It's gonna taste great as is. That's a nice looking hunk of pig. I might consider injecting if I was feeling adventurous, but it's not my usual process. I prefer a nice dry rub and just lay some smoke on it, then cook till it surrenders.
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Brine- NO
Inject-YES
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Marinate that thing in some hickory smoke for 12 hrs and call it BBQ
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I would hold off on the Brining. Agree to give her a Good rub and possibly inject with some apple Juice/finely ground rub mixture.
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