Do you guys inject your pork butts?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by mummel, Apr 22, 2015.

  1. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    As the title says!?

  2. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    rarely...but that's just me.....once you poke you need to really follow the 4-140 rule as critters on the outside will be pushed in. I did a kaluha butt once with injected coconut milk & rum and it was 'just ok' to me and I never did again. Some have very good results injecting chicken wings with hot sauce for smokin' hot wings....give it a whirl & see for yourself if you like the process or not.....Willie
  3. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    I'm not paranoid about bacteria.  Is it a genuine concern or just the cautious approach (i.e has anyone on the forums EVER got sick from injecting meat before internal temps hit 140?).
  4. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Can't say for sure.....I'm sure many have violated the rule....I don't wanna be the first to find out, especially if I'm serving this out to guests and not just eating myself.
  5. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    This is a genuine concern. A lot of bacteria that can cause food borne illness lives on the surface of the meat. When you inject it you shove that bacteria into the middle. Under normal circumstances when you don't inject that bacteria is killed quickly because the surface gets up to temp in a matter of minutes. The interior can take hours to get to temp so if you injected that bacteria is sitting in there multiplying and if it is a heat resistant strain than it could survive the cooking process (at least that is my understanding on the topic).
  6. bruno994

    bruno994 Master of the Pit

    Great pork injection below...and yes I do.   I do adhere to the 4 / 140 rule.  
    Chris Lilly's Six-Time World Championship Pork Shoulder Injection
    3/4 cup apple juice
    1/2 cup water
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1/4 cup table salt
    2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
    Combine all ingredients and stir until sugar and salt are dissolved.

    You could also just make a mixture and dissolve of kosher salt and apple juice.  I like my pork to be saltier.
  7. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    4 / 140 rule being 4 hours or 140F internal?
  8. bruno994

    bruno994 Master of the Pit

  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The only time that I inject mine is when I am making poor mans ham, or Buckboard bacon. Its not needed to keep the meat moist. It can change the flavor profile though. So If you're looking to change up the flavor then go for it. As mentioned if you do inject (unless you use cure in your injection) you need to adhere to the 140° in 4 hours rule.
  10. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    40 to 140 in 4 hours or less. I may go out on a limb here and I'm not knocking anyone elses way of doing PP. But I don't think injection is needed with Pork Shoulder. There is a ton of moisture in there built in, all you have to do is cook to the right internal temp low and slow. I have never ever had a dry Butt. Now, I like to inject small chuck roasts with Creole Butter. I just love that flavor with the Beefyness of A smoked Chucky. But that's just me. I do use a finishing sauce at the end and also reserve the drippings and add them back in after defatting it. 
  11. bishgeo

    bishgeo Smoking Fanatic

    I have injected butts the night befor several a times rubbed it and bagged it overnight. Same way with brisket.
  12. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I haven't but if I had some that was great I may try it. How about you do a side by side comparison for all of us!:biggrin:

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