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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

i have read about searing a brisket before smoking. is this advised on a pork butt for added flavor? i figure someone here has some experience with this and could give me some advise.

post #2 of 14

i've never heard of anyone searing a butt. surely it would add some flavor though... mine have always come out great w/o searing so i've never tried. in fact, i've never seared anything before smoking it.

post #3 of 14

I do it all the time.

post #4 of 14

Never tried searing anything before smokin, But I will try anything one time, twice if I like it !  

post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 

i may give it a shot then. just wanted to make sure i wasnt going to ruin a butt in doing so. let it kiss the flames and then the smoke!

post #6 of 14

If you try it let us (me)  know how it works. Never tried it....

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

i think i'm going to do a butt in a week or so. have one in the freezer. i'll be sure to post pics when i do.

post #8 of 14

I'd wondered that myself, since that IS what you do to any roast before going into an oven or a slow cooker.  I looked at the Boston Butt going into my smoker yesterday and told it "I should sear you."

 

Might contribute to better "bark" on the outside?

Maybe greater moisture retention and a juicier product?

 

You might've just created a new "secret" to greater smoking success.

post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

it's my understanding that searing retaining moisture is a myth but i would think it would add another level of flavor to the finished product. i'm sure its been done a lot as people do it with brisket all the time. one way to find out i guess,

post #10 of 14

Isn't pork fun??? Good times!!! 

 

I think that searing the butt would provide a whole new level of flavor... I'm doing a whole shoulder this weekend for a camping trip... I'm going to sear the smaller part and give it a shot... I should have some great pictures for y'all mid next week.

 

The only issue i see with this is "to rub or not to rub"... I'm thinking that if I use a rub on it and throw it on the grill to get the sear on it, won't the sugar in the rub burn and leave a crappy taste on it? I love my rub and I love a good bark so this is crucial for me... Do i sear it, then rub it, then smoke it? do i use a rub with no sugar in? Does anyone have any input on this??? This is new territory for me!

post #11 of 14

maybe try the turbinado sugar if your not already?

post #12 of 14

Searing your Pork Butt will give it some extra flavor.

 

Backing up to close to the fire will sear your Butt & more than likely cause some pain.

 

 

Bear

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by realtorterry View Post

maybe try the turbinado sugar if your not already?


Turbinado Sugar??? Forgive my ignorance but please explain...

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Bearcarver View Post

Searing your Pork Butt will give it some extra flavor.

 

Backing up to close to the fire will sear your Butt & more than likely cause some pain.

 

 

Bear

 

Thanks for the heads up, Bear... Knowing me, this is going to be a very real possibility this weekend!!!
 

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