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Offline PMillen

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Why Use a Rub?
« on: April 24, 2012, 09:04:00 am »
Rather than test a series of rubs, as described in this thread, http://forum.bradleysmoker.com/index.php?topic=28111.0, I decided to do some country style ribs without a rub.  I used a simple 3-2-1 method at 225°.

They were darn good.  So that makes me wonder, "What is the rub supposed to add?  Why use one at all?"

What's your opinion?
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Why Use a Rub?
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2012, 09:10:00 am »
That's the beauty of it. You don't have to use a rub. :). Do what works for you. Some use mustard as a glue, others use other things. Some foil and some
Don't. Some sprits the meat some don't.
Personally, I like to use a rub but I don't go heavy with it. I also will use CYM as a glue. :).
Oh, rub adds flavored crust. What did you season yours with.

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Re: Why Use a Rub?
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2012, 09:20:58 am »
That's the beauty of it. You can do what ever makes you feel happy. I make my own rub and like a medium to heavy coating. My grand daughter likes them plain so I make a rack plain for her. The brother inlaw likes heat so I use my rub and I kick it up a notch with red pepper for his rack.
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Re: Why Use a Rub?
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2012, 09:34:57 am »
Personally I like the added flavors on birds and pork but prefer a simple salt & pepper (sometimes adding garlic & onion) to beef.
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Re: Why Use a Rub?
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2012, 11:59:00 am »
What did you season yours with.

Didn't season at all.

We're not opposed to added flavors—from jazzed-up burgers to salt and pepper on eggs.  It's just that we haven't hit on the rub that suits us.  We've been trying commercial products but I'm thinking that we need to mix our own.  Jan's rub gets great reviews and Beefman sent me a recipe a few weeks ago.  Those two are on our list.
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Re: Why Use a Rub?
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2012, 01:01:39 pm »
If you like something more on the savory side you might try some Arthur Bryant's rubs. That is what I based my rub off of.
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Re: Why Use a Rub?
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2012, 01:50:08 pm »
It doesn't matter what you put on your meat,just remember not to over power the flavor of the meat you are smoking,curing,cooking,ect.Just me rambling
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Re: Why Use a Rub?
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2012, 02:30:55 pm »
I rub but only to help the flavor not over power it.  My comp ribs and pulled pork use very little rub but just enough to add that kick to it.   Remember I use infrared, so cooking that way does not dry meat so the fat has a better chance to flavor the meat vs a regular smoker 
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Why Use a Rub?
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2012, 02:47:11 pm »
What did you season yours with.

Didn't season at all.

We're not opposed to added flavors—from jazzed-up burgers to salt and pepper on eggs.  It's just that we haven't hit on the rub that suits us.  We've been trying commercial products but I'm thinking that we need to mix our own.  Jan's rub gets great reviews and Beefman sent me a recipe a few weeks ago.  Those two are on our list.
I hear ya :). Hard to find something you really like. I've been real happy with the Zacks products. My buddy gives me venison and pork sausage he makes with some zacks sausage seasonings and its awesome.


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Re: Why Use a Rub?
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2012, 10:13:38 am »
It doesn't matter what you put on your meat,just remember not to over power the flavor of the meat you are smoking,curing,cooking,ect.Just me rambling

Pretty good advice for a ramble.  I think that using too much rub has contributed to our inability to find one that we like.  The photos we see in some of the posts appear to have rather heavy coats.

Ramble on!
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Re: Why Use a Rub?
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2012, 04:08:21 pm »
When I do a turkey,I coat it quite well all over.When it's done,I remove all the skin and throw it away.I taste turkey and some spice all the way through the meat and a nice smoke flavor too.I  Me  I'm the one who desides how much or little I put on,to my taste.Thats why WE here do what we do.WE know what goes into or meat.Don't be shy,experiment, explore, but be safe.Rambling again.
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Re: Why Use a Rub?
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2012, 05:53:31 pm »
Can't say! I know I do mine because I like a more complexed spice flavor. Personally about the only food I don't salt and pepper is ice cream. But I like the jalapeno  pepper ice cream too! LOL Guess if you enjoy it with out no need to or even experiment. I like to get my own version of every thing. Then pretty much stick to it.
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