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Injecting pork butt

Discussion in 'Pork' started by bbrock, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. bbrock

    bbrock Meat Mopper

    I know some people do and some people dont inject boston butt. I have never done it before and I am going to try it at least one time. what do all suggest that I inject it with is there any good recipes for a injection. Thanks for any help or suggestions you all may have.
  2. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now there are as many injection recipes as there are recipes for pork. I have never injectied a butt or a shoulder. I have found mine come out really juicy without. But If I was going to I might go with a mixture of brothes, and spices. Maybe some garlic and cajun seasoning in some chicken broth might be a good one. Heck go look in the wiki section here maybe under marinades and sauces.
  3. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I haven't tried it yet, either, but several people here use Cherry Dr. Pepper.
  4. I like to inject the butts that I smoke.  I usually use, 1 cup chicken broth, 3 T of my rub, stick of real butter, 2 T of lemon juice and a couple pinches of white pepper.  I found that if I grind the rub in a spice grinder prior to adding it to the broth, it dissolves better.  Heat the mixture on stove to melt butter and mix everything together.  Let cool and inject.  For me, it isnt a matter of making the butt jucier, but giving it a better flavor that I like more.  Havent met a person yet that didnt like it.  But I do still smoke them without injecting and still turn out good.
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2010
  5. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I can tell you what NOT to use.

    Anything that can break down the meat like a Vinegar based ingredient.

    It will make it mushy.

    I would stay away from salty ingredients as well.
  6. flyfishjeep

    flyfishjeep Smoking Fanatic

    I have done it both ways, and honestly can't tell the difference...

    When I do inject them I use apple juice, melon liquor (sweet), dry rub and worchester (sp?) sauce.

    No specific amounts for each item, just depends on how it pours out.

    I may try coke or dr. pepper next time.

    Let us know what you use, and don't forget the Qview!
  7. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I injected my first on and it came out great so I have been doing it the same way since.  Apple juice, whorchestshire, garlic and s&p
  8. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    I leave mine in the cryovac and use beef broth with some onion and garlic powder. I mix the injection fluid and let it absorb for a while in the fridge, then strain it so it doesn't clog my injector. Sometimes I also add habanero sauce if i'm in the mood for a kick. Let them rest in the fridge overnight and smoke em. Here's one I did with a butt and shoulder. Enjoy. [​IMG]

  9. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    About 1 cup of apple juice.
  10. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use a cup of apple juice with my rub mixed in at about 1-2 tbs of the rub.  For me it is not about the moisture as much as getting my rub flavor deep throughout the meat. 
  11. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I also use this method but do add 1/4 C of Captain Morgan to the apple juice
  12. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I agree with the last two apple juice a tp or two of rub some captian & I also spritz with it! If you haven't tried soflaquers finishing sauce you should! It's the cherry on top :) it's in the wiki
  13. peixegato

    peixegato Smoke Blower

    Someone mentioned Dr. Pepper.  Wouldn't that break down the meat and make it mushy?
  14. flyfishjeep

    flyfishjeep Smoking Fanatic

    I do know that if you use too much of a vinegar base you run the risk of making it mushy.  I won't use apple cider vinegar more than 8-10 hrs before I smoke because when i did, it made it slightly mushy.

    I have only heard about the Dr. Pepper and I have not used it yet.  From what I heard it helps bring out the flavor.  Maybe it's reserved more for brisket since it's a tougher meat? 

    I know you have to try things once to see if you like the results...

  15. mkatts

    mkatts Smoke Blower

    I have to disagree with all due respect. I inject with my marinade that is at it's base a 50-50 water/Apple cider vinegar. Pulled from heat at 195* and never come out mushy. The main thing besides taste in an injection it make sure your spices can fit through the needle!

    Either grind your spices down to fine powder, (pepper corns are the worst), or strain through a cheese cloth.
  16. I agree with Shooter Rick.  It's more about getting flavor in there, than moisture.  I use Cajun Injector garlic flavor, but you could make your own using Lea and Perrins as the base with some garlic and herbs added in.  I like to use something with some pretty bold flavor because I find the pulled pork to be somewhat bland with only the rub on the outside. 
  17. daddyzaring

    daddyzaring Smoking Fanatic

    I have a butt I am planning on smoking, and I am thinking about injecting it with honey bbq sause thinned out with honey burbon.
  18. flyfishjeep

    flyfishjeep Smoking Fanatic

    I've heard good things about the Honey burbon.  I'm not sure about injecting the BBQ sauce... mainly because I haven't done it.  Doesn't mean it wouldn't be killer though.  Your best be it to try it and see if it works.  Who knows, we may all be doing it by next weekend it if works well.
  19. smoke_chef

    smoke_chef Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I've never done the Dr. Pepper thing either but from what I understand besides the flavor it gives... it has an advantage having something to do with the carbonation. Thus, beer, sprite... what ever would have the same effect with yet a different flavor. Hopefully some science type will chime in with more on this. 
  20. mobus

    mobus Newbie

    Cup of apple juice, tablespoon of Worcestershire, tablespoon of soy sauce, tablespoon of honey, tablespoon of Sriracha, one chicken bullion cube. It's got the sweet, heat, salty & savory. Very well rounded flavor. Doesn't overpower the flavor of the meat or clog your injector. Just an all around good injection for a single Boston butt.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2012