Ribs question?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by daddyzaring, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. daddyzaring

    daddyzaring Smoking Fanatic

    I watched Jeff's video on doing ribs, and had a question about when he uses mustard on the ribs before rubbing (I think lol). Anyway I was wondering does it have to be mustard, could I use bbq sauce?
  2. 3montes

    3montes Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The mustard is nuetral. Just makes the rub stick to the ribs. The mustard dissolves off and leaves no taste behind. If you use bbq sauce it will carmelize and most likely burn being in the smoker that long.
    I have used mustard at times and other time I have not. Don't think I notice any difference.
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What he said. You will not taste the mustard. I however never use anything to hold my rub on my ribs.
  4. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I wouldn't use BBQ sauce due to the sugar in it, you might run the risk of burning them.
    I normally use olive oil as a binder for my meats.
  5. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    What he said. I don't use mustard, just rub em dry. If it were me, I would not use any sauce at all, but offer the sauce on the side as an option for dipping the ribs into. Taste the ribs with the rub on them and if you or your guests think it need sauce, then you have it there for em.

    If you want to use sauce, I would definitely wait till the end of the smoke to apply so I doesn't burn.
  6. From my experience, everybody here has it right. The sugar in the BBQ sauce will carmelize and burn. I don't use mustard either, just dry rub them.
  7. denver dave

    denver dave Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    There are all sort of ways to get the rub to stay on. Mustard is my favorite but you can also use EVOO or Pam cooking spray as an example or no binder at all. The sugar in the sauce will definitly be a problem when cooking low and slow. I speak from expierence. [​IMG]
  8. daddyzaring

    daddyzaring Smoking Fanatic

    How about tomato sauce?
  9. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've never had any trouble with my rub falling off. I did two butts last year side by side... one using mustard and I couldn't tell any difference in them. Get you some cheap kitchen throw away gloves and pat the rub into the ribs. It's not comin off. Just my opinion but the mustard was an unecessary step. Now mustard on chicken is a whole different story. Marinade some chicken in mustard and garlic and pepper and Worch Sauce overnight... now that's dandy.

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