Do you inject your butts early or not?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by rbranstner, Dec 25, 2009.

  1. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I always rub my butts for pulled pork around 24 hours before I smoke them. My questions is do you guys uaually inject them (if you do) right before you put them on or do your inject them when you rub them? I am just trying to decide what to do with mine.
  2. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I did one recently and injected a 14oz can of beef broth in it and it was very good and moist.
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    If I inject them I do it the night before and leave it in the fridge
  4. soafung

    soafung StickBurners

    i actually brine my butts 48 hours be fore the smoke (in the brine for 24 hours), then rub 24 hours before. i have had WONDERFUL results with this method.
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would inject them the night before so it has time to mingle and get to know the rest of the butt.
  6. I almost alway inject the night before I find the flavour gets deeper into the meat
  7. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well I injected it and rubbed it today and I am smoking them tomorrow. I have plenty of injection left over I was thinking about using it for a spritz instead of making more. Here is what I injected it with do you think this will taste fine as a spritz? I think it should.

    1 QT apple juice
    ¾ cup OJ
    ¼ cup cider vinegar
    ¼ cup hot sauce
    ¼ cup brown sugar

    Next time I am going to try and brine it.
  8. soafung

    soafung StickBurners

    the brine i use is:

    3/4 cup molasses
    1/4 cup honey
    1-1/4 cup pickling salt
    8 cups distilled water
    2 cups apple cider vinegar
  9. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've done it both ways, depends on how much time I have. But I always inject for pork shoulder, especially since I am not going to be doing any mopping in the MES. If I inject when applying the rub, the next day when I am ready to put the meat in, I inject again, because a lot leaks out.

    Enjoy your Christmas pork shoulder...

    Merry Christmas
  10. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    On butts i do it about 24 hours ahead...Alot of friuit juices etc..can tenderize a bit and you surely can sweeten them as well....

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