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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Okay, my first smoked butts are going into the smoker this Saturday. Thawing out in fridge. Got my rub all set, "Magic Dust" recipe I got frome somewhere in this forum, but I can't remember where. I've been using it on all kinds of food and it is good. Got SoFlaQuer's finishing sauce recipe as well.

To brine or not to brine, if so how long?
Inject or not? I considered injecting with apple juice and some magic dust.

Going to use Royal Oak lump with a mix of apple and cherry for smoke. Also have some oak and hickory on hand in case I need more heat in fuel. Space blankets at the ready as well to keep in heat.

Looking forward to a good smoke with all your help.
post #2 of 8
For your first butts, I would not worry about brining or injecting. Use this cook to establish a baseline and then get more elborate from there.

Just my 2 cents.....good luck with the first cook.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks, that was my thought, but I just wanted it validated.
post #4 of 8
there are many that will disagree with me, but i say brine. my pulled pork is the only thing that i KNOW i have perfected (flavor wise) and the butts are brined. i have done them unbrined and it was good, but not as good.

don't know if this fits your flavor profile your building, but here is the brine i use.

8 cups distilled water
2 cups apple cider vinegar
1-1/4 cups pickeling salt
3/4 cups molasses

water should be room temp for salt to dissolve. make sure butt is completely covered. no more that 12 hours in the brine.

hope that helps.
post #5 of 8
forgot to mention. with this brine solution, do not use any salt in the rub.
post #6 of 8
You could brine or you could inject but I agree with Joe, first ones just give 'em a nice rub and smoke 'em up.
post #7 of 8
Let me add my $0.02 worth with most of the others. I would not brine or inject on your first attempt. Keep the first couple of butts you do simple. A basic rub & sauce. Make a written record of your time & temps. Now you have a baseline to work from. If the first couple did not turn out as moist & tender as you want, then try either brining or injecting. In fact, if you can do 2 small butts at the same time, one brined or injected & one the same way you did your first ones & compare the results side by side.
post #8 of 8
I'm also with theses guys here you should concentrate on the rub and the smoke and there will be plenty of time for the tring of new things. You need to get the basics down first then go fancy.
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