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Old 12-13-2011, 10:26 AM   #14
Lake Dogs
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Tish, with the sweeter rubs and/or sauces, when smoking try as best you can to keep the temperatures under about 265, preferably in the 250 range. Otherwise sugars can burn.

With rubs, I suggest starting with a few over-the-counter ones before you go it alone. Note however that most are loaded with salt. I'm told that Simply Marvelous (above) are a bit lower on sodium than most. Another awesome starter rub would be Plowboy's Yardbird. The rub I make and compete with is similar in flavor to this only with less sodium.

With the sweeter sauces I highly suggest that you use them as a finishing sauce (ala. not grill it on there) and apply after smoking/grilling when hot. As earlier, this will prevent burning those sugars.

A very sweet and somewhat spicy sauce that we use as part of our sauces is Blues Hog Original.
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Started competing in chili cookoffs back in the 1990's and have competed in more than I care to count. I became a CBJ in MiM in 2005, then MBN and in GBA in 2010. I've probably judged 130+- BBQ comps (sanctioned and unsanctioned) over this time. That said, I really enjoy competing more than I enjoy judging, and hope to get back to doing 4 or 5 a year in the near future.
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