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TravelingJ
06-11-2017, 11:14 PM
Still new to all of this, and there are so many suggestions on purchased and home-made rubs. There are quite a few that I want to try, but it will take ages to get through all. I plan to smoke a few pork butts this weekend, but have 3 different rubs I'm looking at. I would imagine a good plan is to cook them up on a smaller sample size. Should I just cut off a bit of the butt and season and hit a frying pan?

Turkey
06-12-2017, 03:08 AM
I don't know if that will help because the process is so different. One suggestion that I have is to taste the rubs e.g. shake some out in your hand. Some commercial rubs are very salty and you have to be careful about how much you apply and a simple taste test will give you a heads up.

sylntghost
06-12-2017, 03:17 AM
I also pour some in my hand and taste it. If I like it I'll use it.

bosco0633
06-12-2017, 03:17 AM
My local shop has a shots wall. Every time I go there the owner gets me to do Rub shots. It's kind of their thing and people love it.

They have a bottle of every rub open for you to try.

It doesn't show how it will taste cooked but at least you get the profile down before you waste too much cash.

IamMadMan
06-12-2017, 05:11 AM
While tasting in the hand will get you an idea of the basics, flavors do meld/change when cooked with the meat. Keep in mind that although a rub may seem salty to a taste from the hand, pork can handle the salt during cooking.

The best way is as the op suggested, small chunks of pork butt. Probably several of each kind so you have them for side by side comparisons. Cut up chicken thighs will work well for testing them on chicken.

Chris actually did something similar years ago, called the mad science experiment... He did a great job...
see the links below.. He tested with individual spices, sweeteners, and with slathers/juices.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=62646

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=18492&highlight=mad+science+experiment

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=36204&highlight=mad+science+experiment

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Experiments/Rub_Ingredients/After.jpg.

effinUker
06-12-2017, 05:50 AM
While tasting in the hand will get you an idea of the basics, flavors do meld/change when cooked with the meat. Keep in mind that although a rub may seem salty to a taste from the hand, pork can handle the salt during cooking.

The best way is as the op suggested, small chunks of pork butt. Probably several of each kind so you have them for side by side comparisons. Cut up chicken thighs will work well for testing them on chicken.

Chris actually did something similar years ago, called the mad science experiment... He did a great job...
see the links below.. He tested with individual spices, sweeteners, and with slathers/juices.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=62646

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=18492&highlight=mad+science+experiment

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=36204&highlight=mad+science+experiment

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Experiments/Rub_Ingredients/After.jpg.

Wow! What a great source for info on all those spices! Thanks for the links. I'm kind of surprised this isn't a sticky someplace.

16Adams
06-12-2017, 06:15 AM
Top ritz crackers with a teaspoon of cottage cheese. Sprinkle with Rub.

After a while you'll be able to read the ingredients label and tell.

For instance I prefer commercial sugar free rubs with low amount (if any) Paprika with black and Chile pepper listed high in the ingredients label. But if I find an interesting rub it's no big thing to mix in my own CBP GCP turbinado etc.

PorkinButts82
06-12-2017, 06:17 AM
Definetly like the idea with multiple pieces of seasoned meat cooked side by side.

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Ron_L
06-12-2017, 06:20 AM
Buy a pack of country style ribs, which are just a butt cut into thick slices and cook those with each rub.

bam
06-12-2017, 07:59 AM
Shake rub on microwave popcorn. If it doesn't taste to your liken don't waste it on the meat.

Right on Q
06-12-2017, 08:11 AM
I buy pork chops (or loin and make my own pork chops) and season each one with a different seasoning and sauce combo. Works pretty well for us.

We also try most rubs straight out of the jar too.

NickTheGreat
06-12-2017, 08:14 AM
Shake rub on microwave popcorn. If it doesn't taste to your liken don't waste it on the meat.

I've been known to do that with rubs. :cool:

bgross88
06-12-2017, 08:26 AM
My local shop has a shots wall. Every time I go there the owner gets me to do Rub shots. It's kind of their thing and people love it.

They have a bottle of every rub open for you to try.

It doesn't show how it will taste cooked but at least you get the profile down before you waste too much cash.

This is awesome! I would spend days in that store.

W.I.T.W.A.G?
06-12-2017, 09:23 AM
aside from trying it in my hand and comparing it to what I know..
I like the small pieces of pork idea. I'll (occasionally) cut a rack of ribs in half or use chicken thighs. I try new rubs in groups of 2 and then use my favorite rub as the control.

TravelingJ
06-12-2017, 09:47 AM
Thank you, everyone, for your responses. I have tried them straight out of the shaker. I guess as I do this a bit more, I'll start to learn how that flavor will translate to a cooked product.

Country style ribs is a great idea. I'll pick up a batch and try a few things out.

TravelingJ
06-14-2017, 09:37 PM
Thanks for the advice everyone! We swung by the store on the way home from the airport. The spare ribs were a great idea. One of the rubs I was really looking forward to, was a miss for us. This was a great, and cheap, way to find that out.