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Old 03-02-2006, 09:24 PM   #1
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Alton Brown "Q" episode

AB's "Q" episode was on tonight. Putting aside the funky clay pot electric hot plate smoker, he brined his pork butt before rubbing and smoking. Anybody around here ever brine butts before smoking?

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Never brined a butt... can't see a need to do it.
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Old 03-03-2006, 06:00 AM   #3
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oh my my! Did Finney just disagree with his idol, Alton?
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Brined Butts

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Tell you what. Brine a Butt for about 36 hours and smoke it along with a Butt not brined. Let your family and friends blind taste test them.
Brining is a pain in the arsh, but I will guarantee you there is a MAJOR difference!!!!!
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Old 03-03-2006, 06:57 AM   #5
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oh my my! Did Finney just disagree with his idol, Alton?
Hey, I've got the haircut and the glasses.
I rarely do disagree with him. The man is a food scientist.
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Old 03-03-2006, 06:59 AM   #6
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The Fin Man,
Tell you what. Brine a Butt for about 36 hours and smoke it along with a Butt not brined. Let your family and friends blind taste test them.
Brining is a pain in the arsh, but I will guarantee you there is a MAJOR difference!!!!!
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36 hrs?!?!?!?!
I can inject in 10 min.
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Brining?

I agree. I did say that brining was a pain in the arsh. But, there is a BIG difference between injecting and brining. Again, you have to try both and decide.
Difference??? Go to: http://www.kickassbbq.com/brine_recipe.htm
That will give you an idea as to what happens when you brine.
And, if there is not a differrence, why do people swear on brining chicken and fish? Same with meat.
I do not brine my Butts all the time. Too much trouble, but when I do, there is a really big difference.
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Re: Brining?

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I agree. I did say that brining was a pain in the arsh. But, there is a BIG difference between injecting and brining. Again, you have to try both and decide.
Difference??? Go to: http://www.kickassbbq.com/brine_recipe.htm
That will give you an idea as to what happens when you brine.
And, if there is not a differrence, why do people swear on brining chicken and fish? Same with meat.
I do not brine my Butts all the time. Too much trouble, but when I do, there is a really big difference.
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I'm not taking sides here whatsoever, but people brine fish and poultry to add moisture and flavor to a lean cut of meat. Shoulders have more than enough fat to keep the meat moist and flavorful during the cooking process that lean meats don't. That is the reason for brining poultry and fish. If you want to brine shoulders, there's nothing wrong with that, just not necessary IMO. If you want to add additional flavor to shoulder other than from the smoke, bark and natural flavorings, you can either inject or toss the meat in your seasonings or sauce (my favorite way). If you like your Q, regardless of how you cook it, it's the right way!!
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Old 03-03-2006, 08:13 AM   #9
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Brine

I agree, Larry. Any way you smoke it is right for you. I am just saying that everyone I know that has brined Butts agrees that it does make a difference in the texture and flavor.
If someone hasn't tried it, they simply would not know.
Have a GREAT weekend. Going out to the Shop and check that Brisket (not brined)
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I know this is not "brining" but thought I would share.

I have done side by side tests with injection and not.
I used Dr. BBQ's Big Pig Injection and let stand over night. Smoked the next day, foiled at 165* and took both to 206*.

The one with the injection was MUCH tastier!! Added a couple of layers of flavor. Poured the jucies out of the foil, defatted and added some of it to the meat after it was pulled.

Wife said, "Inject all of your butts from now on!" :biggrin: :biggrin:

Budd's at work said "Best batch yet!" (they are my Q critics)
Hey Z,

Can you post that Big Pig injection. I'd like to take a look at it. I do hogs on occassion.

Good Q!

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