Pork butt bark help?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by frosty91, May 16, 2015.

  1. frosty91

    frosty91 Smoke Blower

    Smoking a couple butts today, I've done about 3 in the past and always have the same problem, great flavor great smoke but the bark never gets to hard or carmalized, it always seems to be a bit mushy, is it from too much rub maybe? Or I always put mustard on before the rub? But never had any problems with the rub on my ribs being mushy?? Here's some pics of the butts today.
  2. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What are you doing during the smoke?  Spraying?  Looking? 
  3. frosty91

    frosty91 Smoke Blower

    I don't spray the butts, at this point I was putting the meat thermo in at about 3 hours on the smoker
  4. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Do you foil ? That will keep the bark soft. What is in the rub ? Brown sugar helps get a better bark
  5. frosty91

    frosty91 Smoke Blower

    I've never foiled butts before, and the rub I use is Jeff's rub, a lot of brown sugar mainly
  6. sacedbysapp

    sacedbysapp Meat Mopper

    Bark always turns out great on my butts when time to foil them put in cooler to rest they end up sitting in juice comes ouy butt then bark turns to mush during the rest.
  7. radioguy

    radioguy Smoking Fanatic

    Jrods got the right idea. You need some sugar to carmelize. I don't foil at all, I spritz with apple juice and Captain Morgan's spiced rum. 2/3's AJ to 1/3 rum. You can kick up the temp the last hour or so.

  8. frosty91

    frosty91 Smoke Blower

    Bark turned out awesome this time, no pics though:/ next time for sure! And talking about spraying, last time I did ribs I did a mixture of apple juice and cherry dr. Pepper, flavor was awesome

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