What is the deal on salt in rubs?

Discussion in 'Beef' started by indygreg, May 23, 2011.

  1. indygreg

    indygreg Fire Starter

     i have some dino bones to do this weekend and i am wondering if i should try something other than jeffs rub.  when i think of beef i think of lawry's seasoning on prime rib.  coating beef with sugar seems a bit odd to me so i was wondering if i should try some kind of salt based rub to bring out the flavor of the beef but i searched on salt rub and got a bunch of hits on no salt rubs. does it dry out the meat to use a rub with too much salt in it?  what would happen if you sprinkled ribs with lawrys salt and smoked them?  would they come out tasting more like prime rib or would the dry up an blow away?


  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Salt is such a common ingredient in rubs that it is seldom listed as a Salt Rub.  No Salt Rubs are unique and would be searchable.  Try a search for Beef Rubs or Beef Rib Rubs
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    When I do beef I just put some EVOO then Montreal steak seasoning & pepper on. If you like Lawry's then that's what I'd use.
  4. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm with the others [​IMG]

    There is generally alot of salt in most rubs already, but you can always just add whatever you want even if it is just Lawry's. Man that Montreal is delicious though. That's whats great about this hobby. If you don't like it, you get to try again!
  5. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You are right salt and pepper will bring out the flavor of meat and will not replace it with other flavors.(rub)

  6. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Salt draws out moisture. I've pretty much weaned myself from it all together myself. 
  7. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm with Al

    When I did my Dino Bones, I tried Montreal Steak Seasoning in 1 rack and some steak rub on the other.  The rack with Montreal Steak Seasoning was by far the better of the 2.

    A lot of BBQ is trial and error, to find what you like and dislike

    Try a couple different seasonings, so you have something to compare to.

    Your choice of wood to smoke with will also affect the flavor.  I tend to use fruit woods like Apple or Maple rather than Hickory or Mesquite, but it's personal preference.

    Last edited: May 25, 2011
  8. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I have been using" dales steak seasoning" lately. Its a liquid just rub you some on about 2 hrs. before you are going to smoke...Great flavor.

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