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Rookie smoker here using a WSM smoker. I have enjoyed smoking chicken, ribs and brisket. I am doing a pork shoulder Sunday. Question: any thoughts on injecting before the cook, during the cook or not at all? I am having a blast and looking forward to new smoking adventures.
post #2 of 8

I prefer to brine but injection can and does work.  (Think Chris Lilly!)  I just don't like the mess and poking the meat.

post #3 of 8

Welcome to the forums!  Glad you joined us.  IMO, its not necessary to inject a butt.  I never have, and they always turn out juicy and tasty.  Just put a good rub on it and let it do its thing.



post #4 of 8

Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions Post it
and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is because their
are so many different ways to make great Q We all have our own taste.

I have never injected a butt.

Happy smoken.


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welcome1.gif to SMF!!! We're happy you found us! You've come to the right place, we have over 50,000 members who just love to share their experience and over 1,000,000 posts describing it! Yea that’s right over 1,000,000!

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I don't inject pork butts, I like the natural flavor of the pork! Like Red said, they are plenty juicy on their own and also when you inject you have safety issues that must be followed and I don't like to take chances.
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welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! 


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post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies.
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
All finished with the pork butt & shoulder. Not too bad for a rookie.
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