How to get maple flavor into a Butt

Discussion in 'Pork' started by rio_grande, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. rio_grande

    rio_grande Smoking Fanatic

    I am smoking a Boston Butt tomorrow and have it marinating. The faimly we are cooking it for loves maple flavored bacon and anything else that they can get. I was wondering how I could get a light maple flavoiring into the meat,, Or even a sauce to apply after it is finished.

    Any Ideas would be appriciated.

    Jeff
     
  2. azkitch

    azkitch Smoke Blower

    First, knock off a bank. Then, buy some Maple Syrup. You may not have to knock off a bank if the grocery store has a finance writer...
    OK, now that I've wised off about how expensive MS is, I would guess that adding the syrup to the marinade--or marinating in only syrup--would likely work. I might even go as far as injecting. Take 'er easy, though, cuz I bet you could get into "overwhelmed" pretty fast.
    Anybody try it yet? And does smoking w/maple wood make it taste like maple surple??
    My cousin went to college in VT in the late 60's, and that ruined me for other syrups.
    Dave
     
  3. white cloud

    white cloud Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    To avoid all the added sugar of the maple flavored syrup, which will burn. There is a maple flavored extract. I have never used it for anything besides baking, BUTT, if mixed with a bit of brandy, spiced rum or bourbon, and a small amount of brown sugar and a bit of salt, injected and maple flavored strips of bacon layed upon the butt should give a maple kick. You could even add melted real butter or bacon grease to the mix.
     
  4. rc1800

    rc1800 Fire Starter SMF Premier Member

    Anyone with anymore thoughts on this???
     
  5. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    not knowing what size butt i'll have to give you a general idea for an injection.
    1 part maple syrup
    1/2 part bourbon / dark rum
    1/2 part brown sugar
    2 parts apple juice
    If you can't / don't do alcohol add 1/2 part apple juice.
    Heat to simmer on stove to dissolve sugar and blend flavors.
    let cool and inject at 1 to 1.5 oz per lb.
    You can also use this as spray or mop
     

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