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Injecting Pork Butt the night before the Smoke.

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Am thinking of injecting and putting rub on the night before smoking 2 pork butts for pulled pork. As long as everything is cold before injecting and they are put in the refer is there a problem? I could inject and put the rub on just before they go into the smoker but I would like to have the rub on longer and I'm not sure you should inject thru rub.



post #2 of 6

I have always rubbed the night before, and injected just before smoking.

But if it stays in the fridge, I don't think it would be a problem, so long as you follow the 4/140° rule. IMHO.

What are you planning to inject? If your injection contains something acidic, like cider vinegar, it shouldn't be a problem.

post #3 of 6
I'm with mneeley, I've never tried injecting the night before. Brining yes, but injecting no. I'm not positive of this, but if your injection is high in salt, it may have a slight curing effect?
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

Not sure what I am going to inject yet. Still have 2 weeks. Wasn't sure if you should inject thru the rub tho. If that's ok then that is what I will do.

post #5 of 6

The main thing is,like Mneeley mentioned:

No matter when you inject it, make sure you get the IT from 40* to 140* in no longer than 4 hours.




post #6 of 6

Or........ Just do it old school


I can tell the difference between finishing sauce and no finishing sause, but I am starting to become skeptical of how much a rub helps. You need the sugar rub to encapsulate the meat. I use salt and pepper simply because it doesn't seem right not to.


Try it both ways and decide for yourself. Personally I am happy happy as long as I have some of Chef JJ's finishing  sauce. I use it and let it sit at least a half a day (usually a day),  to redistribute all those porkie nectars

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