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I’m planning to smoke my first pork shoulder and am looking for advice on good or high quality brands to buy.  Does Smithfield produce good or high quality product?  Does quality matter?  I would think it would.  What brands do you recommend?  What retailers sell quality products, e.g.  Would you buy from Costco?

 

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Smithfield is both good and bad depending on which line of Smithfield. Read the package carefully. Stay away from any that have a %  solution added. All your doing with a % solution is paying high dollar for a salt water injected piece of meat. If I want to inject it I'll do that myself. 

 

 

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On 6/28/2019 at 6:53 PM, ckreef said:

Smithfield is both good and bad depending on which line of Smithfield. Read the package carefully. Stay away from any that have a %  solution added. All your doing with a % solution is paying high dollar for a salt water injected piece of meat. If I want to inject it I'll do that myself. 

 

 

 

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Most of the time I get IBP, which is plain labeled Tyson. Smithfield is decent as is Cargill Meats, to cover the big packers. I steer away from the Tyson labeled butts, most of the ones I’ve bought smell a little too porky for me, even when they’re far from the Use By date. The twin pack from Sam’s Club has been decent in the past, I can’t remember what packer they’re from, but I’ve not bought those in a few years. The quality is going to be pretty similar across the board, I wouldn’t sweat it. 

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Also, FWIW, Smithfield sponsors the Jack Daniel’s Invitational and is a major sponsor for Tuffy Stone, he’s won the Jack at least twice that I can remember. 

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Since I started soaking pork butts in brine I'm not sure added salt is a bad thing.

Of course I only soak them for 12 hours so sitting in salt for weeks may not be a good idea.

Once you try a salt brine soak on pork and chicken, you won't go back

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