Smoke and Spice Pork Injection

Take your pulled pork to a whole new level of smoky goodness with this Smoke and Spice Pork Injection. Packed with flavor and tenderizing power, you can use this injection marinade on any cut of pork. It adds the perfect balance of flavors, fats, and tenderizers to make sure your pork shoulder or pork butt doesn’t dry out during the longest smokes.

Smoke and Spice Pork Injection

Smoke and Spice Pork Injection

Derrick Riches
Forget those store bought meat injections, try this smoke and spice pork injection instead. I'm a firms believer in knowing what goes into our food. This way, you can control the ingredients, and mix and match them to suit your palate. This recipe is a starting point, so get as creative as you'd like.
Photo by: Sabrina Baksh
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Marinades/Brines
Cuisine American BBQ
Servings 1 Cup


  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rub mixture used on meat
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper use less if desired; see instructions
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine ground black pepper use less if desired; see instructions


  • Simmer injection ingredients over medium heat for 5-6 minutes, stirring often. If you are using a spicy rub that contains enough black pepper and cayenne pepper, you can reduce the amount or simply omit what is called for in the recipe. Remove mixture from heat and let it cool for 10-15 minutes before using.
  • If preparing ahead of time, store unused mixture in the refrigerator for up to 5 days after preparation. Do not save any injection marinade that has come into contact with raw meat.


Things to think about with this recipe:
Acid: There are two forms of acid in this recipe. The lemon juice and apple juice. If you don't have any of them on hand, replace with 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, OR replace the lemon juice with 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar. I like to use apple juice, as it produces a light fruit base, without overpowering the marinade.
Rub: If the rub you are using has a lot of dried herbs or larger ingredients. Grind the needed amounts down before adding to the injection marinade. This way the injector doesn't get all clogged up.
Keyword pork injection

See the Best Pork Injection Marinade Recipes for more ideas! Need a Meat Injector? I recommend the Grill Beast Stainless Steel Injector. Reliable, inexpensive, and easy to clean.

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