Dehydrated apple powder in Rib Rub?

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by hilbillyinca, May 22, 2009.

  1. hilbillyinca

    hilbillyinca Smoke Blower

    So I've been toying with the idea, and wondering if anyone has tried this yet.

    I like an "appley-sweet" flavor to go with spiciness of my pork rib rub. Typically I foil in apple juice, or beer/apple cider vinegar to get some of that flavor.

    But my thought is to by dehydrated apple slices, grind them up and to the rub.

    Anybody tried this? would it get bitter, be a dose of awesomeness???
    Thoughts please
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I actually just got some powdered apple to try in some rubs but haven't had the chance to use it yet. It sounds good and I think it will work.
  3. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've used powdered honey in some rubs, I think your idea may work. Keep us posted, and have a great weekend my friend.
  4. hilbillyinca

    hilbillyinca Smoke Blower

    Powdered honey?? do tell.. where would one find such a treat??
  5. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

  6. gnubee

    gnubee Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    After you sacrifice a piece of meat to test it out be sure to let us know how it worked out.

    I suspect it will be awesome as there is lots of sugar in apples. Apple juice mops are, after all, just powdered apple with water added.

    A favorite that I have just tried recently instead of my usual 1/2 apple juice and dark rum mix was to use straight orange brandy as a mop. Man that turned out good. What with first spritzing it on the meat, then spritz some in my mouth , then on the meat , then more in the mouth etc etc.. ran out of brandy but it was a fun smoke. [​IMG]
  7. smokeguy

    smokeguy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds great- don't see why it wouldn't work. Let us know after you try it.
  8. carpetride

    carpetride Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  9. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yes i use it all the time especially when i am Q'ing pork... last loin i did had dried apple ground up in it... i just started experimenting with it and i really think it adds to the taste...

    i didnt brine,spritz or sauce my loin last time to see if i could taste the difference.. the rub with apple in it is a winner.
  10. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    BBchev (andy) turned me on to the idea-u need to get the apples pretty dried to grind-I didn't have sucess-so I went to trader joes and bought apple chips-kinda like potato chips-still had to oven them to get them to grind,anyhow I used it on a couple slabs of bacon-coulda used some apple jack along with it-the bacon had a slight apple taste-maybe try pineys idea and order it-stronger flavor ?
  11. hilbillyinca

    hilbillyinca Smoke Blower

    Apple Powder? Maple, honey? Who'd a thunkit??

    Thanks so much!! you guys just opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for me!

    If I can find some locally (should be able to find in san francisco) then I'll put up qview this weekend!

    Thanks again for the great responses. Man I love this forum
  12. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  13. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I’d like to chime in too, yes I have and we really like the results, the Pig’s Worst Nightmare recipe that has been posted is what I used. We don’t have dehydrated apple slices so I have to do it the old fashioned way.

    I also make orange powder from orange peels (white included) leave them in the sun for a couple of days until they become crispy and then run them through the grinder, this is really good on chicken.

    Enjoy, Gene
  14. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Most of my injections contain apple juice. I to have been looking for apple powder. I would guess it will be very good indeed!
    I also read somewhere of using koolaid powder in varioius flavors in rub. Gonna give that a try someday also.
  15. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i see no reason not to try it - keep in mind that it will provide sugar, so you might want to adjust any other sugar accordingly.
  16. I have made dried apple powder before, it is good. I have been dehydrating for almost 30 years, and over dried apples many time ;)

    If you can find freeze dried apples, or other fruits freeze dried it powders easier.

    If you like Cinnamon toast, try it with apple powder mixed in with the Cinnamon and sugar mix, mmmmmmmm

    aka Rocky
  17. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I used the apple powder in some Jeff's rub today and all of us said you can taste the apple flavor. I spritzed with apple juice and used apple chips just as I normally do but the apple flavor was definitely stronger. Next time I'm going to try adding it into my brine

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