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How soon to rub?

post #1 of 7
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I hope to season and break in my new Masterbuilt Electric Smoker with a pair of baby backs this weekend, using the 3-2-1 method. How soon do you apply the rub? Overnight? Or just a few minutes before you smoke 'em? Or somewhere in between? It's a matter of personal preference, I guess, but I thought I'd see what the consensus is.
post #2 of 7
I rub the night before the smoke. Some rub right before putting the meat in the smoker. There are others who do both, rub the night before and add a little more right before putting it in the smoker. As you said, a lot is personal preference. I think most rub the night before. Just my $.02.

Hope this helps.

Take care, have fun, and do good!


post #3 of 7
i do it overnight but will also do it right before they go in the smoker..its all personal preference
post #4 of 7
as you have seen, either way. Personally I usually always apply a rub to anything 24 hours before it hits the smoker..... icon_smile.gif
post #5 of 7
I pull the membrane then soak in apple juice a couple hrs rub with mustard then my regular rub and right to the smoker. Just personal preference.
post #6 of 7
Just before we load em in the smoker same, great taste. More refer space for the next smoke!icon_lol.gif
post #7 of 7
Guess I'm in the middle - I pull the membrane, I spray them with apple juice and apply my rub right before I smoke them.

I've done it both ways rubbed over night and right before I smoke I don'tsee a difference. If I marinate I see a BIG difference but not just a rub. IMHO.
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