Adding the Rub on Ribs night Prior?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by paddyboy, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. Just looking for thoughts on adding the Rub on Ribs 24hrs prior? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  2. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I do it all the time with Beef or Pork. Chicken usually the day of the smoke.
  3. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I try to rub the ribs the night before because that way it's done and over with. I'm usually too busy the day of the smoke to want to worry about one more thing to do. As long as there is not a lot of salt in the rub, 24 hours should be fine.
  4. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I always do it just priot to the smoke while the rig is warming up. I pretty much am committed once I start the smoker, and I just stay busy prepping/adding sides, tending the smoker, and posting it all here once the meat goes in. I make a fun day out my smokes this way.

    That's just me...But I do get some pretty serious smoke penetration on my ribs, too. So, there may be that added benefit in waiting until the day of the smoke. I don't know that to be fact, but the good smoke ring seems to always happen for me with pork ribs.

  5. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    I wonder if 24 hrs in advance may be too much of a good thing (??) I've never noticed a differance between the night before, or 30 minutes before though.
  6. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I have and still do the night before and the day of just depends on how the time works out personally I can't tell much difference with ribs
  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I always rub mine the night before always have and I guess always will. I have never compared the night before or the day of but it can always be done. Heck give it a try and let us know how it turns out.
  8. I have about a cup and half of salt in my rub will that suck the moisture out of rack or should I be fine with the night prior?
  9. tn_bbq

    tn_bbq Smoking Fanatic

    I find that pre-rubbing the ribs does help....even if you only do it a couple hours ahead of time.

    I've heard others caution against pre-rubbing and marinating the ribs if your rub contains a lot of salt. Pretty sound advice, but the rub I use doesn't have a lot of salt and seems to work pretty good for me.

    At the end of the day, you have to fine tune your own recipe and method to suit your liking (tinkering and fine-tuning is half the fun).
  10. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Depends on what proportion of salt there is to the rest of the ingredients in the rub recipe. If the main thing you taste is salt, then I would wait. If it's not, then go ahead and put the rub on the ribs the night before. I've yet to come across a rub recipe that was salty, though.
  11. olewarthog

    olewarthog Meat Mopper

    As some others have said, I have done both the night before & the day of & cannot tell any difference. I do not use any salt in my rubs. I get enough salt flavor as the mustard slather cooks away.

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