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Old 08-19-2013, 09:29 AM   #1
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Join Date: 07-30-13
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Default Does a pre-rub coating really do anything?

I have seen and heard of many schemes for a pre rub coating on meat. Some use mustard, claiming it makes a better bark. Some use oil, claiming the oil-soluble spices in the rub penetrate the meat better.

I have used rubs with and without a coating and never found it to make a lick of difference in bark quality or flavor. Just about the only thing I have seen a coating matter on is the skin on poultry - a little olive oil seems to make the skin darken up a bit quicker.

So, does a coating really do anything? Is there something more subtle in the flavor difference than I am picking up on? Is it just something that allows one cook to say they do something different than another? Is there any consensus?

What say you?

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