Rub Clumping: Help

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by wicked1, Jan 25, 2015.

  1. wicked1

    wicked1 Fire Starter

    When I make my rib rub it is abut 1/3 Brown sugar.  When I use the ninja to blend it together it is fine for that day.  The next day or maybe 2 it is already one "frozen" unit in the shaker.  Does anyone have any ideas how to prevent this from happening?  Is there something I should add to the mix to keep the clumping from happening?  I have been using a butter knife to break it apart and get it put back in the processor to be able to shake it again which is a pain.
  2. Sounds like a humidity problem. Can you seal it somehow?
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Personally I use turbinado sugar also know as "sugar in the raw" in place of brown sugar.  It doesn't clump as easy and it doesn't burn as easy
  4. You need to seal the container.

    Happy smoken.

  5. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I keep mine in the freezer because where I live it is very moist most of the year and no matter what container I use it clumps. I need to get some of that raw sugar dang it. The freezer in a sealed container and no more clumping.
  6. c farmer

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

    Good info. I need to try the freezer and sugar in the raw.
  7. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I actually learned that from Jeff Phillips when I bought the rub recipe. Never would have known. Works like a charm.
  8. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Sugar in the raw as a substitute for brown sugar....need to remember this...we made some cookies earlier today, even though we kept the brown sugar in the freezer it was lumpy...the lumps were very difficult to break up.
  9. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I don't know if it makes any difference or not but I have taken to running the brown sugar through a flour sifter as well. I keep my rub in canning jars.
  10. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    When we made a rub using brown sugar we did run it thru a flour sifter, ended up with several peas sized, almost rock hard clumps. Seemed like they were moisture laden rocks.
  11. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    yeah I found that too. even with brand new packages.
  12. Put two big marshmellows in it. They will absorb the moisture.
  13. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It is the sugar taking up moisture from the air. If you want to keep it in the shaker then put the whole thing in a zip-lock bag and leave a handfull of rice at the bottom of the bag. It will keep dry. We use the rice technique for drying out laptops when students spill water in them. It works like a charm.
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2015
  14. donr

    donr Smoking Fanatic

    Unsalted Saltine crackers.  Diners usually put these in their sugar dispensers.  They also put several grains of rice into the salt shakers as well, similar to Wade's solution.

    A more expensive option:

    I have a FoodSaver Wide Mouth Jar sealer.  It allows you to suck the air out of the jar without doing the traditional canning water bath.  Works like a charm.  I have heard that their regular mouth sealer doesn't work worth a darn, but haven't tried it.

  15. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    This is the answer to your question, sugar in the raw is brown sugar- ie. it has the same molasses content as brown sugar with none of the drawbacks. Also called Demerara sugar.
  16. Try using those ceramic disk that they use for brown sugar not to get hard.
  17. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    That my friend is a great idea. thanks.
  18. I have been using one of these for years, its about a 2" oval and you just wet it and throw it on top of your brown sugar container and I haven't had any clumping sugar for years now. Mine is terra cotta in colour and works like a charm.

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