Sweet Rub is Tasting Bitter

Discussion in 'Pork' started by bowdenrd, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. Can anyone tell me what I might be doing wrong that would cause my sweet rub to taste bitter after cooking? I have used it several times and the first couple of times it was great.

    Thanks,
    Ryan
     
  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    @bowdenrd

    Bitter taste is a sign of improper burning of wood.

    Is your smoke think and billowing when smoking? Im betting you have a heavy smoke and that is causing the bitter taste.
     
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  3. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hard telling not knowing what's in it.[​IMG]
     
  4. Yes, the smoke is pretty thick for the most part.
     
  5. Bitter = bad burning wood. You need TBS.

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  6. That means too much wood chunks or chips at once, or on the other plate you need to let the wood either burn to coals (lotsa wood like a fireplace) or get smal chunks really hot and then shut the dampers and it will make low energy charcoal, which has plenty of flavor, just not all the methane (cow fart gas) and crap you are currently heating out of the wood and onto your food now. Anywayz thats 3 different things you can do.
     
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  7. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sweet rubs and sauces can burn on a grill.

    Shouldn't happen at smoking temps?

    I will join others in questioning the amount and quality of smoke.

    Also, did you have good air flow?  Chimney fully open?

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  8. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What smoker do you have?
     
  9. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Go for thin - blue smoke  :

    takes some practice , but better results.

    And using a good fruit wood like Cherry will make Pork and Poultry really tasty...

    Have fun and . . .
     
  10. From raw wood to this carbonized wood, then cook.

    Not This for cooking. Let it settle a while first.
     

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