Rubbing my butt...

Discussion in 'Pork' started by mrwizardgi, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. mrwizardgi

    mrwizardgi Meat Mopper

    Most of what I've read about rubbing a butt has said to do so 24hrs. before you smoke it. Is there any harm in letting it sit with the rub on longer?

    I'm doing a cook on Saturday. I plan on having the butts on the smoker around 5 am-ish. I want to prep them a head of time, but I will be at work all day tomorrow so my choices are to rub them tonight and let them sit until Saturday or Rub them as soon as I get home on Friday. Opinions? Ideas?

    Thanks all-


    P.S. Went to Hy-vee and got in on the $.99/lb deal...We'll be eatin' butts 'till the cows come home![​IMG]
  2. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You can let it sit for a while. The longer the better IMO. Good luck.
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Heck do it tonight then again just before you put em on
  4. lcruzen

    lcruzen Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'd do whatever works best for you.
  5. krusher

    krusher Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    when you put on the rub, after a little while it will get wet, put on another coat, and when you get it out to smoke, put on some more.
  6. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Heres my .02 worth.....
    Rub does not penetrate INTO the meat.
    Depending how much salt your using, it will start drawing the natural juices out.
    It can also start the curing process which will give ribs a hammy taste and also starts breaking down the flesh and making the meat mushy.
    I rub all my meat....[​IMG] ....while the smoker is warming up.

    O.K., bring it on........[​IMG]

    P.S. ask Joe, thats how the pros do it!! lololol
  7. As a newer smoker I would hate to give bad advice, butt!!! I always marinate for 24 hours and rub my butt just before putting it into the smoker. I coat the butt with a mustard to make the rub stick and you won't get a mustard taste.[​IMG]
  8. mrwizardgi

    mrwizardgi Meat Mopper

    Thanks for all of the great advice here. My main concern was whether or not leaving the rub on too long would dry it out. I'm not convinced that I want to prep them tonight. I'll probably just prep them tomorrow night. They won't sit too long wrapped with the rub that way...unless, of course, I hear something brilliant from someone else here that convinces me otherwise. I always ask here first and it hasn't failed me so far.[​IMG]

    Thanks again all...

  9. earache_my_eye

    earache_my_eye Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Listen to bubba......he knows his meat well....[​IMG], butts.....[​IMG]

    I normally apply rub very close to the time I start smoking also.


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