Does anyone add corn meal to a rub?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by woodcutter, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I remember reading a post quite a while ago that said adding corn meal to a rub helps keep the brown sugar from clumping and may even add something to bark formation. I can't find the post so does anyone have any experience?
     
  2. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well, I added 1/2 cup to Bilbo's rub. I'll let ya know.
     
  3. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I'm interested in the outcome... so I'm in ...
     
  4. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I like the idea.  Should give a bit more crunch.

    What ya cooking, Todd?
     
  5. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm doing some baby backs. Bilbo's rub has granulated onion and granulated garlic powder and kosher salt. The reason I thought of it today I had pickling salt and garlic powder and onion powder. When I mixed everything it was the consistency of powdered sugar. The corn meal took care of that. I hope it does good on the bark and keeps the rub anti-caking when storing.
     
  6. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The corn meal worked out good in the rub. I needed something to help bark and it didn't seem to do anything to the flavor of the rub. I've been using pickling salt for brines and making sausage but rubs should have kosher salt. The ingredients in a rub should have some texture not just powder.(IMHO)

    Here are the ribs. No foil no mop just rub and smoke.




    I used my electric smoker so there wouldn't be any nasty smoke ring on the ribs..........lol.

    I PM-ed C Farmer about the sliced potatoes he made with his short ribs and he got me up and running tonight. The potatoes are awesome. Everyone enjoyed them. I put olive oil salt and some garlic powder on them. Thanks Adam!

     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2014
  7. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks real good, good to know on the corn meal.... Would have not thought of that, now gotta give it a try.... Thanks for this informative thread...

    Justin
     
  8. So did you slice these tators, then Olive oil & Garlic powder them or what?
     
  9. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Justin! If the corn meal does keep the brown sugar from clumping up while the rub is the cupboard, I will be using all the time.
    I put down a wooden spoon on each side of the potato to stop the knife blade from going all the way through. Then drizzled olive oil and sprinkled the garlic powder and salt on top. I decided to make them late in the smoke so the potatoes were made in the oven so they could catch up cooking to the ribs. They were in the oven at 400 for about an hour. Next time I will do them in the smoker.
     
  10. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ribs look great, and them taters are awesome.

    We make them all the time.
     
  11. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Adam! I couldn't decide what to make with the ribs last night. We enjoyed the taters.
     

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