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