Applying rub

Discussion in 'Pork' started by jcats322, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. jcats322

    jcats322 Fire Starter

    Just curious how everyone does this. It seems that I get more on my hands than the ribs/butts some of the time. Any tips?
  2. bbq engineer

    bbq engineer Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Some people apply a base slather of mustard and then just sprinkle to apply the rub. Something happens with the mustard as it cooks, and you can't taste it in the final product. I don't usually use mustard, however.

    One thing that I have found is that if you use some gloves (nitrile or latex exam gloves), less of it sticks to those and you end up with more on the meat.
  3. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I just sprinkle on the meat.... pat it a little while it's still not wet then I flip the meat over and do the other side. Then flip it back again, the side that was down is usually all soaked in by now. I do all this on a big sheet of butcher paper that I now just wrap the meat up in and head to the smoker.... I end up with very little on my hands.
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I guess I just like to get messy I don't use any gloves. Maybe thats why I had to build me a kitchen outside where it can be hosed off. I like to just pour rub on the meat pretty librally and just simplely rub it in and yes I do get alot on my hands, floor, table but I do seem to get some on the meat as well. After all they do stay up nights making that stuff.
  5. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I simply put the rub on, liberally of course, then rub it in some. It's a bit messy but I don't mind.
  6. jcats322

    jcats322 Fire Starter

    Thanks for the pointers folks, I'm probably just being too picky but it seems like I waste a lot of rub washing it off my hands and down the drain!
  7. chainsaw

    chainsaw Smoking Fanatic

    I finally found some gloves large enough to fit my hands (Rexall drug) and they are great, especially handling Jalapeno peppers and bacon. The butcher paper is a great tool also.[​IMG]
  8. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    My son loves ribs. I don't get anything on MY hands.
  9. treegje

    treegje Master of the Pit

    that is olzo my way of working
  10. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i do it in the sink.........
  11. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I use a cutting board over the sink - just sprinkle well and rub - instant clean up at the sink - works well for me
  12. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I put mine on in an aluminum pan. May be the seasonings I use but if I actually rub it in, very little is left in the pan or on my hands.
  13. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    I use gloves when handling meats and rubs. Every get a spicy rub on your hand and accidentally rub your eye? Once you do, you'll switch to gloves too.

    I find that if you pat the meat dry before rubbing, it works out better as well.
  14. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I get my meat good and dry and give it a coating of olive oil, after that I wash my hand with the oil off and make sure to fully dry my hands, then sprinkle on the rub with my right hand and after a good coating I press is in with my left, works great for me.

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