Use Jeff's R ub for grilling pork ribs?

Discussion in 'Grilling Pork' started by tom welsh, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. tom welsh

    tom welsh Newbie

    Usually I smoke pork ribs using mustard and lots of Jeff's Rub with great results. This time I am NOT using the smoker but just grilling the ribs.  Question: should I use Jeff's Rub for grilling or will its sugar content cause burning, like sweet barbecue sauces so often do?  Am I better off using something like the Texas Rub, which has no sugar? Thanks!
  2. millerbuilds

    millerbuilds Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member


    It all depends on the temp you are cooking at.  Once sugar hits 350 degrees it starts to burn and develop a bitter taste.  Grilling on a lower heat works well with ribs anyway, so I would hold your grill temp around 325-340 and you will be fine.  If you plan on grilling hotter you may want to steer away from using a rub with a high sugar content.

    Good Luck!

    Smoke ON!

    - Jason
  3. smokinal

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

    Just use indirect heat. I do ribs in my Weber kettle all the time.

    Coals on one side, ribs on the other, and my rub has a bunch if sugar in it.


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