To Mustard or not to Mustard...

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Smoke Blower
Jul 5, 2005
I have personally done both and I found that the mustard dosen't leave any taste and it gives something to hold the dry rub. It almost turns into a paste and turns into a great bark. This is just what I've done. Hope it helps.

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I could be wrong, but Iâ€[emoji]8482[/emoji]m guessing that the vinegar in mustard helps tenderize the meat a bit, but it doesnâ€[emoji]8482[/emoji]t leave any aftertaste…soooo! Why not! Try honey mustard sometime, for a little sweetness!


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Jul 21, 2006
Erie Colorado
If you're doing more than one rack try one with and one without. I have not used mustard on my ribs, so I can't tell you if there is any difference...


Master of the Pit
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Dec 19, 2005
Beautiful Grand Rapids Michigan
I personally do not care for mustard taste, but you will never find me smoking my meat with out it.

I just did some ribs and used mustard on them too. It was/is very tasty.

If you have never done it before you have to at least try it once.


Smoking Fanatic
Jan 22, 2006
Arnold, MD
It's worth a try. I've done it and it didn't leave an impression on me. I don't normally use it as my ribs don't have any trouble gooing up the rub to turn into that wonderful bark...


Master of the Pit
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May 21, 2006
Monroe, La
When I use mustard, I put it on both sides. Sometimes I use it, sometimes I don't. Can't really tell much difference either way.

if you use it be sure and get your membrane off before you put the mustard on.


Master of the Pit
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May 21, 2006
Monroe, La
I have used yellow mustard and the spicy brown mustard, but not honey mustard. I couldn't tell any difference between the yellow, the spicy brown and the ribs with no mustard at all. I put my rub on the ribs and cover them with plastic wrap and put back in the fridge for a few hours or overnight and the rub always sticks real well no matter if I use mustard or not. If your meat was extremely dry and you did not want to put it back in the fridge I would say the mustard would be the way to go. Just my $.02 worth.


Meat Mopper
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Jul 18, 2005
Hi There Scotty!

I have applied my rubs with and without mustard as a base and I honestly was not able to tell any difference what so ever either in the flavor or in the rub sticking to the ribs.

just my two cents!

ranger72 :)


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Jul 7, 2005
Midvale, UT
I used to slather yellow mustard on the meat that I was going to apply a rub to with the understanding that the mustard would help the rub adhere to the meat and not leave behine a mustard taste. I have since stopped using the mustard and just apply my rub to the meat. When the jucies in the meat makes the initial rub wet, I apply another layer of rub.

Now that there are a number of flavored mustards out there, it would be interesting to see if the flavor added to the mustard would be noticable on the meat after smoking.

papa g

Smoke Blower
Dec 29, 2011
St. Louis Metro Area
This is exactly what I was wondering. I was concerned about the sugar in the Honey mustard maybe burning or causing a bitter taste but guess I shouldn't be too worried about it since my rub I make has brown sugar in it.


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