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Old 06-09-2021, 12:58 PM   #1
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Please bear with me, I do have a motive here, which might possibly be revealed in the near future. I'll let the thread play out for a while before taking the next step.


QUESTION:

Do you inject your pork when making pulled pork?


What is your favorite injection recipe?



What do you hope to achieve by injecting the pork?


How many Butts / Picnics do you inject at one time?


What is your current injector?


Feel free to include a picture of your injector in the pork.


* * * If you prefer to not inject that is fine, a simple no, or no response at all is appropriate.



I'm not trying to be persuaded one way or the other. Just looking at How, Why, and What others do to inject.
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Old 06-09-2021, 01:30 PM   #2
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QUESTION:

Do you inject your pork when making pulled pork?

Yes

What is your favorite injection recipe?

60% smoked pork broth (made from seasoned and smoked pork neck bones) + 40% Coca-Cola + Worcestershire. I don't object to adding some AmesPhos but usually don't.

What do you hope to achieve by injecting the pork?

Flavor & Moisture

How many Butts / Picnics do you inject at one time?

The most is 10 to 15

What is your current injector?

SpitJack Magnum
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Old 06-09-2021, 01:39 PM   #3
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QUESTION:

Do you inject your pork when making pulled pork?

Yes

What is your favorite injection recipe?

I prefer to use either the "Chris Lilly" apple juice based injection, or Oakridge BBQ Gamechanger injection

What do you hope to achieve by injecting the pork?

Moisture retention, added flavor (I think some parts of the Boston butt can be kind of bland when using commodity pork), and I think there's a slight texture improvement

How many Butts / Picnics do you inject at one time?

However many I am cooking, I've done 1 and I've done 15 at a time

What is your current injector?

Pro Shot Injector II

Feel free to include a picture of your injector in the pork.
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Old 06-09-2021, 01:43 PM   #4
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Inject with 50:50 apple juice and apple cider vinegar with some rub added.

Extra juciness and flavor.

60 cc syringe with injector needle from Amazon

Never cooked more than two butts, usually just one.
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I inject pork butt with a mix of apple juice and water mixed with salt and whatever bbq rub I have on hand.

My main goal of injecting pork butt is to add flavor. Usually only cook one at a time.
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Yes, with a mix of apple juice and apple cider vinegar with a dash of soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce.

I feel it ups the overall flavor profile with some added umammi.
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I mainly inject at competitions because I have gotten feedback from the judges on comment cards that my pork had no flavor, when I didn't. I rarely inject at home, unless I am doing a comp practice. I use a standard injector that you can pick up at the grocery store.
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Old 06-09-2021, 03:03 PM   #9
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Do you inject your pork when making pulled pork?

Yes

What is your favorite injection recipe?

Commercial - Sweet Brine 'o Mine (great stuff!)
DIY - Chris Lily's recipe with 1/2 salt

What do you hope to achieve by injecting the pork?

Added flavor

How many Butts / Picnics do you inject at one time?

Have done from 1-14

What is your current injector?

Stainless steel injector


All that said, I don't find injecting to be 100% necessary, just a way to add some flavor.
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Old 06-09-2021, 03:07 PM   #10
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1.Yes
2. Peach nectar, mango nectar, apple juice....cayenne pepper, agave, hot sauce, powder mustard, salt
3. moisture and flavor
4. usually 2-3, but have done a case of them occasionally.
5. cheap plastic 40cc injector spayed with food silicone.
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Old 06-09-2021, 03:28 PM   #11
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1. No, but I'm following this for ideas.
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4. One butt on the BGE
5. a cheap plastic injector I've never used and don't remember where it came from
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Old 06-09-2021, 03:47 PM   #12
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Yes I inject. I like plain old apple cider. I inject to add moisture and a bit of sweetness. My injector is just an old oversized metal syringe type injector that I have had for over 30 years.
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Old 06-09-2021, 04:18 PM   #14
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One additional question I’d like to know is: how long before you put the pork butt in the smoker do you inject?
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Old 06-09-2021, 04:45 PM   #15
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Sometimes. Pineapple juice, cola or cherry cola, root beer. Diluted BBQ sauce. Hot sauce. Strawberry or cherry juice. Any combination of these.



@civiltrojan Preferably the night before, but at least a couple hours.
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