Excerpt from Injecting a Pork Butt (5-16-2016)

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All right. What I'm going to do, I'm going to go ahead and get started.

I use the perforated needle, okay, because I don't have anything chunky in my marinade and, really, you just stick it in. Now, we've had people contact us because, after they put the marinade in the needle, they said all the marinade runs out. And when they do that, it's because they're filling it from the top, okay, and when you do that, you don't get an airlock. So you have it completely together, you draw it up in there, and see, it doesn't run out. It has an airlock in it, okay?

So from here, what you want to do... I know I see people, they kind of stick it all over the place, but what you want to do whenever you inject pretty much most meat, you want to go in through the sides, okay, and now the bone is over here.

So then, another question that we get a lot is, because the marinade runs out, it's okay if it runs out. Most of it's staying in, so you don't really have to worry about that, but you can see how it puffs up as you're injecting. Okay. And you just kind of move around. You'll see it's swelling up. See, and it springs a little leak every now and then, and that's okay.

Now, what you don't do, you do not save your marinades if you're sticking the needle in it, okay, because that's contaminating it. And it kind of depends on how big your meat is, on how much marinade you want to put in. I know there's a ratio out there. I don't know what it is. I just put as much in there as it can handle. When it starts leaking out all over the place, I know that's plenty. So you can see that thing pumping up.

From the weather. It's humid here in Louisiana today, so these flies are out.

All right. We're not going to get too much more in here. Okay, also, whenever you have the hose, you've got to keep tipping it. That's another issue. People sometimes have a hard time trying to figure out what to do, and there's different ways you can do it. You can actually use the slant tipped needle to fill it up, and then swap needles if that's what you want to do, but I don't go through all that trouble. I just tip the cup, draw it out. I mean, we're already pretty much at what it's going to hold. It's squirting out stuff all over the place now.

All right, so at that, just kind of let it sit for maybe a couple minutes. I know some people, they wrap it in cellophane, throw it in the refrigerator overnight. I don't really do all that, and I'm going to tell you, every one of my pork butts turn out great. I think it's almost impossible to mess up a pork butt. Almost.