Slather before Rub

Discussion in 'Info and Practices' started by zimq, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. zimq

    zimq Smoke Blower

    I know some folks use mustard, and some use peanut oil, and some use other things to slather the meat  before adding the rub... What do you use and why? 
  2.     Hi, I don't slather with any thing I want the rub to season the meat. on large cuts we soak (marinate) the meat in juice sweet or fermented for a few days then rub. but thats me good luck and good smoking
  3. smokinal

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

    To hold the rub on. I use mustard on pork, EVOO on poultry & fish, thick Worcestershire on beef.
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I don't use anything I pour out the rub and RUB it in.
  5. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member


  6. johnnie walker

    johnnie walker Smoking Fanatic

    X3  just rub it on!
  7. zimq

    zimq Smoke Blower

    I have heard people use the mustard for a better bark, lets say on a butt or a shoulder. But I have also read that oil helps the rubs breakdown better. 
  8. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Where you hearing this stuff anyway???

  9. zimq

    zimq Smoke Blower

    A lot of different places. Lots of books. Something about the way the oil helps breakdown the  compounds in the rub. I have used mustard and oil before, and I tend to like the oil better, but I was just curious of what others thoughts and experiences were.
  10. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've done it both ways.  Lately on ribs & butts I've gone to using mustard as a base for the rub.  Makes it stick so much better and you never notice the taste in the end.

    Like Al said, other things for other meats, but I think some form of oil or base such as mustard does make for a more juicy product in the outer most layer also.
  11. hmcm

    hmcm Smoke Blower

    I'm with SmokinAl on this one.  I do the same thing and always comes out AWESOME!!!
  12. Many years ago I read a recipe which said white vinegar breaks down the enzymes in pork, which with used with a heavy dried rub produces extra tender pork. I have have good success with both white vinegar and mustard on pork, but I prefer white vinegar. IMHO.
  13. I sprinkle on a light coating of rub, let the meat set for some time to draw out some moisture and proteins which will help hold on the rest of the rub, once it's good and moist and hopefully a little sticky, add the rest of the rub.
  14. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

  15. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Most of the time I use cheap yellow mustard with worcestershire sauce in it. I use 2 Tbsp per 16 oz bottle. I use it cause it works good

    Happy New Year

    Last edited: Dec 31, 2011

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