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Old 06-06-2014, 11:03 AM   #1
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Doing some butts for late afternoon party tomorrow. I'm going to start them tonight and go low and slow on the pellet pooper all night long.

So when would you rub them down? I can either salt and rub them now and have them sit in the fridge all day absorbing the stuff, or wait until after work and rub them 4-5 hours before I put them on tonight.

Is either approach better than the other, in your experience?
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Old 06-06-2014, 11:47 AM   #2
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4-5 hrs ahead of time should be plenty of time. I usually only rub about an hour before they go on, but that's me. There will be plenty that say longer. It's all in what you prefer.
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Old 06-06-2014, 11:59 AM   #3
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I prefer 4/5 hours in advance to avoid any drying effect due to the salt and fridge. I usually wrap in plastic then in fridge for 4/5 h.
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I also inject so I inject and rub then wrap overnight. A little more rub in the morning while the smoker gets to temp.
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Old 06-06-2014, 12:33 PM   #5
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I always rub them at least 12 hrs before cook time. I store them in a plastic bag in the fridge and by the time it's ready to smoke the whole bad is filled with juicy goodness.
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Old 06-06-2014, 12:37 PM   #6
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I prefer 4/5 hours in advance to avoid any drying effect due to the salt and fridge.
That's always been my thought -- that the salt would draw too much moisture out of the meat if its on too long in advance. But I thought I read somewhere someone debunking that myth and suggesting that earlier salting allows the salt to permeate the meat much more and doesn't dry out the meat either.

But the internet is a big place, and you can find stuff out there to reinforce just about any viewpoint
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Old 06-06-2014, 12:41 PM   #7
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We prefer about an hour before they go on the smoker. Everyone has different preferences.
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Old 06-06-2014, 12:47 PM   #8
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I usually rub the night before and wrap the pork. Then the next day I set it out for about 45 mins, unwrap, inject it with marinade and put some more rub on it. And throw it on the smoker.
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I usually inject and rub them down about an hour before putting them on.
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I'm not a premature butt rubber I rub mine while things are heatin up
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