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devious 07-06-2010 02:55 PM

Any truth to this
 
I smoked 2 pork butts this weekend for the 4th, and while im pulling the pork my close friend says to me. If we didnt put rub on the meats we smoke we wouldnt get the smoke ring. any truth to that?


keith

chambersuac 07-06-2010 02:59 PM

from what I understand, it is. There have been a few really good posts on the topic in the last year - I can't tell ya exactly, but it isn't really the smoke, but the heat causing a reaction with a chemical or chemicals in the rub. I'm sure someone will post a better explanation.

chambersuac 07-06-2010 03:02 PM

Thirdeye posted a great post about this in this thread:
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ght=smoke+ring

I was wrong, it IS the smoke, not the heat...oh well, just read the post by ThirdEye - he's the expert :)

Mister Bob 07-06-2010 03:04 PM

None whatsoever! The smoke ring is caused by the nitrates created by burning wood. This will even happen with a very clean burning fire with no visible smoke at all. A 'smoke' ring also can be artificially created using Morton's Tender Quick or some other tenderizer containing nitrates.

chambersuac 07-06-2010 03:09 PM

Like I said, there's NO truth in it at all :) Told ya more knowledgeable folk would chime in.

devious 07-06-2010 03:15 PM

third eyes post clears it up thanks guys

1FUNVET 07-06-2010 03:17 PM

No truth at all.

Ron_L 07-06-2010 03:39 PM

Here's a fatty with no rub at all. The smoke ring is clearly visible.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_syPcXIICFRo/Sl...0/PA140504.JPG

Chipper 07-06-2010 03:42 PM

I did a brisket last week and forgot to put rub on it until after 5 hours on the smoker. The ring was very pronounced, so there you go.

maxwell7 07-06-2010 03:54 PM

Thirdeye must be the Alton Brown of the bbq forum. I hope I didn't just insult him!:doh:

TN_BBQ 07-06-2010 06:37 PM

what you should have done with your two butts is an experiment (one with rub and one without rub).

BluesDaddy 07-07-2010 09:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by devious (Post 1329933)
I smoked 2 pork butts this weekend for the 4th, and while im pulling the pork my close friend says to me. If we didnt put rub on the meats we smoke we wouldnt get the smoke ring. any truth to that?


keith

Maybe you're buddy confused smoke ring with bark. The sugars in the rub help promote a nice bark, which you will not get nearly as well without a rub with some type of sugars.

Rookie'48 07-07-2010 01:51 PM

Take a pork butt right out of the fridge & put it on the smoker with no rub - you'll get a very pronounced smoke ring.

Grinder10 07-07-2010 03:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rookie'48 (Post 1330807)
Take a pork butt right out of the fridge & put it on the smoker with no rub - you'll get a very pronounced smoke ring.

And zero bark.


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