Apple cider vinegar vs apple juice in marinade

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Let me start by stating that I love my wife.

We are smoking a tenderloin this weekend for some friends and the recipe calls for apple juice. My wife wants to use apple cider vinegar instead. We are both new to smoking and I follow these recipes to the letter. Will it change the food if I use cider vs apple juice? Can I placate her by using both and mixing them together? I just do not want to change the recipe and blow the meal, because you all know who will be blamed.
 

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Apple Juice and Apple Cider have more sugar content than Apple Cider Vinegar. I wouldn't expect something with Apple Cider Vinegar to caramelize and crust the same but I've never tried it. Not really a fan of the flavor of Apple Cider Vinegar.
 

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I've tried it both ways, and both cooks tasted great. Mad Scientist applies Cider Vinegar with a spray bottle periodically so that's what I did last time.

My family is partial to cider vinegar.
 

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My go to injection is:
1/3 apple juice
1/3 apple cider vinegar
1/3 apple beer
 

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My go to injection is:
1/3 apple juice
1/3 apple cider vinegar
1/3 apple beer
Nice! But I'll probable drink the beer before it gets to the injection! 🍻
 

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Let me start by stating that I love my wife.

We are smoking a tenderloin this weekend for some friends and the recipe calls for apple juice. My wife wants to use apple cider vinegar instead. We are both new to smoking and I follow these recipes to the letter. Will it change the food if I use cider vs apple juice? Can I placate her by using both and mixing them together? I just do not want to change the recipe and blow the meal, because you all know who will be blamed.
I've used both and my fav is definitely the apple juice. I also use apple juice in a spray bottle to spritz pork butt, pork tenderloin and port ribs during the smoking process. I also add apple juice to the foil wrap used during the second part of cooking a pork butt.
 

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Let me start by stating that I love my wife.

We are smoking a tenderloin this weekend for some friends and the recipe calls for apple juice. My wife wants to use apple cider vinegar instead. We are both new to smoking and I follow these recipes to the letter. Will it change the food if I use cider vs apple juice? Can I placate her by using both and mixing them together? I just do not want to change the recipe and blow the meal, because you all know who will be blamed.
Apple juice works better and gives a nice sweetness that pairs well with pork !
 

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Let me start by stating that I love my wife.

We are smoking a tenderloin this weekend for some friends and the recipe calls for apple juice. My wife wants to use apple cider vinegar instead. We are both new to smoking and I follow these recipes to the letter. Will it change the food if I use cider vs apple juice? Can I placate her by using both and mixing them together? I just do not want to change the recipe and blow the meal, because you all know who will be blamed.
ACV has a much higher acid content, so if you ever use it make sure it's on a meat that doesn't sit in the ACV too long. That will cause the meat to get soft - even to the point of mushy.
 

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