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Twisted Martini 07-30-2010 07:48 AM

Bark on a BGE
I've done a few smokes now on my BGE and it seems like I can't get the bark as dark as I used to on my ECB. I'm usually smoking between 225-275, done both hot n fast and low n slow. For rub I have been using Mike Mills Magic Dust recipe, with GFS lump and hickory and applewood. Any suggestions?

Ribbin' Randy 07-30-2010 09:26 AM

You might try slather of mustard.

Midnight Smoke 07-30-2010 09:37 AM

What are you smoking?

Mitch 07-30-2010 09:42 AM

Add some sugar in your rub. And let it liquify before putting it on the cooker.

Will work for bbq 07-30-2010 11:12 AM

I use Turbinado sugar makes a great bark IMO.

deepsouth 07-30-2010 11:23 AM

try rubbing down with plain yellow mustard and add sugar in the raw/turbinado sugar. (same as earlier suggestions actually)

nitelightboy 07-30-2010 03:17 PM

I use Mike Mill's Magic Dust recipe too, but Ive always gotten excellent bark. I slather on some mustard, a heavy sprinkle of rub and let it sit overnight in the fridge.

Bacon_99 07-30-2010 04:56 PM

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i use a rub I buy that may have a bit of sugar but haven't had a problem getting bark - cook 250-270 on dome temp... I don't use mustard either....:wink:

Twisted Martini 07-30-2010 09:01 PM

Thanks guys, I'll give it a try.

gtsum 07-30-2010 09:26 PM

what meat are you cooking? I dont use mustard anymore and get great bark on ribs, butts, and brisket. What temp are you cooking at? I assume you are using the platesetter? You are not using a water pan in there are you?

brownkw 07-30-2010 10:05 PM

I slather a mixture of honey and mustard on my pork butt before applying the rub (turbinado or demerra sugar and white sugar are the predominant ingredients).

deepsouth 07-30-2010 10:54 PM

sounds like the common thread here is adding sugar in some form. with honey, i don't think you'd need mustard, but the mustard seems to make the rub stay on the meat more. i rub it in real good and then throw another coat on it and don't rub that in. i always add the turbinado sugar on after the second application of the rub and i use a good bit. heavy handed so to speak.

Buster Dog BBQ 07-31-2010 07:37 AM

Never use mustard but I let my rub melt into the meat. Makes good bark.

cbagby64 07-31-2010 08:28 AM

^^^^what he said

tjv 07-31-2010 09:40 AM

I find deep bark formation forms late in the cook. My butt and brisket cooks go 11-13 hours. Not sure about what sugars, mustard and rubs do, but if you keep opening the dome, that can impeade bark formation. If you foil with liquid late in the cook, it can strip away bark. Fat layers on the meat surface can also play with bark development. On the egg, best to put fat cap down, on the bottom. Don't have meats touching. Meats over other meats can limit bark development on lower meats as top meats drip. Bury wood chunks in the lump and add one chunk right on the lump burn when loading the meat. Use chunks not chips. How you load the egg can impact bark formation, light vs heavy load, as it plays with air circulation around the meat. Need to do these cooks indirect. The pic below was one of my first cooks on the xl egg.

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