Originally Posted by fatwood
For butts and ribs, I always rub the night before and put into the fridge. Then, I give them another light dusting of rub just before putting into the smoker. I've not had any come out dry yet.
My Q is not usually dry and, truth be told, the times is was may have had nothing to do with rubbing the night before. I failed to mention that I have been doing a lot of reading on the art of BBQ and research a lot of what the pro competitors do. Most don't rub the night before. Just kinda giving that a try lately.
I'm not gung ho about it myself, just trying different stuff. I may have to do another side by side (I did a cookoff between my pellet cooker and my Pit Barrel Cooker), this time with overnight rub vs 1 hour prior rub. Hmmm, thanks for the inspiration.