Boston butt to inject or not inject

Discussion in 'Pork' started by allstar898, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. Hey guys, I have done about 5 small 3-4 pound boston butts and have had great sucsess injecting with a butter, apple juice and brown sugar mixture.  I am going to try an 8.5 pounder tomorrow and saw people saying that if you inject on a big one you have to get the temp up really fast just wondering why and weather I should maybe just let this one be rub only.  Also does anyone ever do the whole cook with wood?  I have been using a starter of lump and then mostly just wood after that for the entire cook.  All input will be helpful

    Thanks,

    Bruce
     
  2. Bruce

    If you inject you are pushing what ever is on the outside to the inside. You then need to get it above 140° in 4 hours. If you want to inject I would cut it in half. It will cook faster. You will have more bark and your out of the danger zone faster.


    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  3. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yep, what he said X2
     
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    What the Gentlemen said is true...But...A few minute soak in Salt water, 1/2C Salt in 2Qt water, followed by a good rinse and there is little to worry about. Most bacteria will be eliminated and the few " Rambo Bugs " will not be happy with the Acidity of the Apple Juice (similar Ph as Oranges). If you are still worried, add a couple Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Salt to the injection. It will add great flavor and baring a catastrophic Smoker failure you will have Zero to worry about...JJ 
     
  5. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    And....I never inject. Tried it once....not again on butts. My 2 cents.

    Kat
     
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    OH YEAH!!! And why not!?!...JJ 

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  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    OH YEAH!!! And why not!?!...JJ 

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  8. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It could have been the liquid that I used....didn't care for the taste and compared to the other butt I was smoking and I didn't inject....the folks that tasted it...like the plain one better.  So why go thru the extra work.  The non-injected butt was just a juicy and tender with out it.

    Now...with that being said...I do inject Briskets.

    Kat
     
  9. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    JJ, are you saying to do this before or after the injection?
     
  10. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Dave I do the quick Brine soak and wash before injecting. It's one of those extra precaution things. Like washing the bag of Triple Washed Spinach from the store...JJ
     
  11. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    Thanks JJ! That's what I thought just wanted to be sure. I will keep this in mind and practice for when I do inject things. Feels better knowing there is a safer way to do it!
     

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