What do you think?
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What do you think?
That subject is contested even among Chefs. One side says, Acid cooks meat like in Seafood Seviche, and therefore can toughen meat. Others argue that Acid breaks down protein making it a good tenderizer. I have not injected Butts because I have found no need to. I do use a vinegar based finishing sauce but that is for flavor. Get yourself a big Pork Butt and cut it in half. Inject one with the vinegar juice mix, and the other with just juice. Smoke them and compare results. The other option, if you are happy with the results you get, don't change a thing...JJ
To answer your question...MELISSA COOKSTON...Rub, Mustard and Turbinado Sugar. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.. The addition of an Injection is a personal choice, but there is ZERO difference if you inject with Vinegar for an hour or two before smoking or use a Vinegar Finishing Sauce at the end. FYI, there are no Tendons in Pork Butt, in any case Tendons being made of Elastin, require a very long cooking time in Water to dissolve, like in making a soup. Pho Bo, a Vietnamese Beef Soup, is an example of one that is frequently made with Beef Tendon. A little bit of Vinegar injected into Meat and Tendon will have little effect and even if it did, would have turned the meat itself into Mush before it tenderized the Tendons enough to be edible. There are many of us that make our own Rubs and Sauces, mine are far superior to any store bought," Goop. " ...JJ
In my opinion/experience, if you are doing competitions...you should inject if you want to get a call. We took 2nd in pork our last competition and we injected it so much that it felt like a water balloon. The flavor difference is pretty substantial in my opinion. Also, we inject our butts and briskets as soon as we can after getting set up. The longer it can rest..the better. Now, this doesn't mean that you can't make great Q without injecting; I have made plenty of awesome butts without injecting....however I did spray them down heavily every hour and foiled at 160. To each his own I guess, but the guys that I know that are winning....all inject.