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Old 06-10-2010, 11:05 AM   #1
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Pork rub

Hello everyone, I am new to this site. I would like to know if you have a good rub for smoking pork butts?


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Old 06-10-2010, 11:44 AM   #2
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For pulled pork, I use the rub recipe included in the attached. Smoked-Barbecued Ribs Recipe : Emeril Lagasse : Food Network

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Old 06-10-2010, 12:10 PM   #3
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This is my goto rub. It works on everything. Feel free to omit the cayenne if you do not like the heat.

pinch of salt
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp light brown sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
pinch of cinnamon
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:33 PM   #4
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I use Chipotle Chili spice with sea salt and ruuuuuuub it in...the result is very very flavorful in my opinion.
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:57 AM   #5
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The rub on an 8# b.butt is very hard to taste, imho. I add my flavor after it is pulled. I still add some rub before smoke'n, though. I smoke it, rest, then pull and put into an alum pan and back on the smoker. Add rub and sauce, I just use apple cider vinegar, and smoke for another 2-3 hrs at 2-225*. Keep taste'n every 1/2 hr or so until the season is right and the sauce is right. This adds more smoke flavor and rub to all the meat and not just the outside edge.

Just what I do anyway. How ever you do it, it'll be good.
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Old 06-12-2010, 03:03 PM   #6
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I like brining pork butt before applying the dry rub, so in case you're up for that, here's how to do that.
About 8 oz. kosher salt to 2 quarts of water, maybe 2 oz. less if you're using table salt.
6-8 oz. sugar and I like using brown sugar
a couple Tbls whole peppercorns
Make sure the salt & sugar are completely dissolved and immerse the pork in a ziplock bag with the brine and I usually let it go overnight, so let's say 12-24 hours.
Remove the pork and pat it dry, let it stand a half hour before putting on the rub.
Here's the rub I use and note it should be to your taste, so these are only guidelines.
Aprox 1/4 cup paprika
1-2 Tbls granulated garlic
1-2 Tbls onion powder
About 1/4 cup brown or white sugar
2 Tbls cracked pepper
About a tsp to start of cayenne, and more if you like the heat
Note that this is an excellent rub as it stands, but I like to add about a Tbl each of cumin & chili powder
Mix thoroughly and alter to your taste
Apply the rub all over the pork, pressing gently to make it adhere, and let it stand a half hour to settle in before BBQing.
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Old 06-28-2010, 01:45 PM   #7
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Steven Raichlen bbq rub ftw.
  • cup brown sugar (packed firmly)
  • 2 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp. black pepper (fresh cracked preferred)
  • 2 tbsp. coarse kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. celery seeds
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
mix. rub.

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