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Old 02-27-2020, 06:20 PM   #1
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Default Brown sugar in brisket rub?

Anyone add brown sugar to their brisket rub? I’ve made some great brisket with SPG, onion, celery seed, and sometimes a bit of chili powder. Just curious. Looking for some different flavors.
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Old 02-27-2020, 06:41 PM   #2
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You definitely can. A lot of the commercial beef rubs have sugar and they work great. Doesn't take a lot though.

Worth giving it a try and see if you like it.
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Old 02-27-2020, 06:41 PM   #3
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It burns up during a long smoke, adding some bark but no noticeable flavor to the end product.
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I do not and have not missed it, but YMMV
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I've done it a few times and liked it. But not in my normal rotation. Csn be nice in the bark for low and slow

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I have used it and it does help with a crunchier bark, but too much of it, and it tends to burn and be a little bitter. Tried for a sweeter flavor by adding it at the wrap, but did not notice a big difference.
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Old 02-28-2020, 05:36 AM   #7
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I don't think adds anything and you risk burning the sugar in the rub if you cook at too high of a temperature. It sounds like the rub you're using is already pretty solid for brisket, but feel free to experiment.
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Old 02-28-2020, 06:32 AM   #8
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Always great to experiment.

Give turbinado sugar a try.

Doesn't burn up like brown & white sugar.
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