Do I need to use rub?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by smokerlover, May 5, 2016.

  1. smokerlover

    smokerlover Smoke Blower

    I've always rubbed my pork butt but I'd like to try it without to see if I get more smoke flavor. What would happen if I don't?
  2. phatbac

    phatbac Master of the Pit

    I don't use rub on my pork butt because i cannot taste much of the rub once it turns to bark. so i simply use kosher salt on the outside of my pork butt and use the smoke to flavor the pork. My PP comes out great without a rub and i get good bark. hey give it a shot!

    Happy Smoking,

    phatbac (Aaron)
  3. smokerlover

    smokerlover Smoke Blower

    Thanks! I'm going to give it a shot.
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Let us know how it turns out.

  5. swinefan

    swinefan Fire Starter

    I agree- I often will do a shoulder with just kosher salt and often comes out better than when I go with the full shabang of rub and injections.  Definitely give it a try- it will surprise you how simplicity can create an amazing product.  
  6. lancep

    lancep Master of the Pit

    Yeah, I didn't do any rub on pork for years. Just fire up the smoker, pull it out of the package, plop it on. Ribs got sauced, shoulders got pulled. I started putting a rub on about 4-5 years ago because I kept reading about it. Now I do it just out of habit or to feel like I'm doing something. I say go for it!
  7. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    You won't get any more smoke flavor by not using a rub, you will get more smoke flavor by either keeping the meat in the smoke for a longer time or by using more wood.

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  8. stickyfingers

    stickyfingers Smoking Fanatic

    Yes. May also depend on the smoker you are using. Stick problem.
  9. smokerlover

    smokerlover Smoke Blower

    I'm using a Smoke Hollow Pro Series, propane. I can only use wood chips or the boxes won't slide in.

    Anyway, I think I like it better with the rub. As far as the flavor of smoke - to me it's not real strong. I guess I'll try thick white smoke instead of thin blue smoke next time.

    Thanks all for your input!! 
  10. stickyfingers

    stickyfingers Smoking Fanatic

    Ya, don't do white smoke. It will add a bitter taste! Add an A-maz-n tube or tray!!
  11. No need to do a full rub. I typically just do a salt & pepper mix on my pork shoulder. Turns out awesome

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