Chicken brine on pork butt? - now with q-view

Discussion in 'Pork' started by tromaron, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. tromaron

    tromaron Meat Mopper

    Has anyone tried the "Competition Chicken Brine" from the Wiki on a pork butt?

    1 gallon water

    3/4 cup kosher salt

    2/3 cup sugar

    3/4 cup soy sauce

    1 teaspoon each of dried tarragon, thyme, black pepper

    1/4 cup olive oil

     I've been loving how it tastes on chicken, but thought I'd check here before I commit to it this weekend.
  2. babyjay

    babyjay Newbie

    Let us know how it turns out if u use it... in my experience brining butts doesn't add anything to the final product.. my guess is it's because the butts have a good amount of fat in them already that renders during he long cook..

    If u have the extra cash I would say smoke one with the brine and one without and what difference there is between the two... that would let ya know just what, if anything, brining adds to the butt...

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  3. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Never seen a need to brine a pork butt, but of course I don't brine anything.
  4. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Never brined pork, I'm interested in how it works out.
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    TromaRon, Evening.

    I have this book.............The Flavor Bible..........It lists some spices that go well with pork shoulder.

    Garlic is the main seasoning, bay leaf,chiles, ginger, lemon, sage, thyme, onions, rosemary, and sage are the secondary seasonings.

    Take your pick. Some are stronger than others and should be used lightly.

    Just for reference and a place to start.

  6. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Many restaurants will brine butts but I suspect that is because they put them in the oven rather than a smoker.  I've been wanting to try a brine myself but haven't had the time lately. 
  7. ugaboz

    ugaboz Smoking Fanatic

  8. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't brine butts.  I don't think they need brine.  Having said that, I don't believe in many rules unless they involve food safety.

    Let us know how it goes.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  9. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

  10. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Let us know how it turns out!
  11. tromaron

    tromaron Meat Mopper

    Thanks for everyone's thoughts.  Guess I'll give it a shot this weekend.  Report to come...
  12. austexrod

    austexrod Fire Starter

    i think your brine would work just fine, however I can't figure the olive oil. Regardless, I say go for it!

    I use a molasses brine for 24 hours and then use a no salt, no brown sugar rub. This combination has proven results. It tastes incredible.

    Now this is just my opinion, but try using a rub with whole spices ground up and put on your meat right before you Q it.

    I like your brine and I will try it with my yard bird next time. I am smoking on a FPDS by-the-way.

    If you get a chance check my Q-view.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2011
  13. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Don`t forget the Qview...
  14. tromaron

    tromaron Meat Mopper

    Ok, we'll see how this goes...  Brined the 10lb butt for 28hrs in the "Competition Chicken Brine"  Rubbed with Wild Willy's Number 1 rub, wrapped & put in the fridge for 6hrs.  Would have gotten it rubbed earlier, but I wanted to go see Super 8.  (Off topic, great movie.  Lots of fun.)  Just put a fresh coat of rub on and put it in the smoker at 3:15am.  Smoking at 225 with hickory dust in the AMNS.  Found an old post from SmokinAl that suggested putting beef broth in the drip pan, so tried that too.  Gotta run to the store tomorrow & pick up a few things to make Soflaquer's finishing sauce.  Gonna head to bed for a while now.  It's times like this that I love my AMNS more than ever!

    Here's the first pic as it went in the MES.  Pretty dark, but it's late & I'm tired. 

  15. tromaron

    tromaron Meat Mopper

    Rod - Checked your Q-view.  Looks great!  Hope mine comes out looking that good!
  16. tromaron

    tromaron Meat Mopper

    165 at 11:45am, and ready to foil.  

  17. tromaron

    tromaron Meat Mopper

    Got up to 200 at 4pm.  Foiled again & put in ice chest for 2 hours.  

    SO tender, it self destructed taking off the foil. 


    Pulled, separated grease from juice, and poured juice over it.


    Wow!  I think this is the best pulled pork I've done.  Either I got lucky, or the chicken brine did something good to it.  But either way, it tastes good!
  18. mrgriff

    mrgriff Newbie

    yes please let us know. i might try it myself.

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