How to Use an Injection for Flavor

Pork shoulder and other large cuts of meats can benefit from an infusion of marinades for an added boost of flavor. 

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What is an Injection?
1. In BBQ, an “injection” is a seasoned liquid injected into the raw meat using a large syringe.
2. An injection adds moisture to the meat for a juicier end product, enhances flavor, improves texture, and negates the need for marinating or brining.
Should You Use an Injection?
1. BBQ is all about personal preference. Plenty of pitmasters say salt, pepper, and smoke is all you need for excellent pork, whereas others find incredible value in using injections; they think of it as an insurance policy, making juicy BBQ a near sure-shot.
2. Examples of injection tools. The top two are what professional BBQ teams and restaurants might use. The bottom two are home-based versions you can buy in grocery stores.
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