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Question on doing a pork butt for pulled pork ?

NoDak1959NoDak1959 Posts: 45
edited September 2012 in EggHead Forum
When preparing  the butt for smoke I've read about putting mustard on the meat. Does it matter to season it first and then apply the mustard, or apply  the mustard first then the seasoning?  Also what about basting periodically? Thanks


  • Mustard then rub.  Mustard helps keep rub in place.  I do not open till done.  No basting.
  • The only reason one would apply the mustard is to act as a "binder" or adhesive to help hold the rub on.  

    Personally, I don't use mustard.  Most of the time I don't use anything (the moistness of the meat itself usually is sticky enough to hold the rub), but when I do use something, I use olive oil.  

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  • Used the mustard on all my pork butts. Keeps the rub on. Does not seem to add flavor. It gets my recommendation.
  • Done it both ways and as noted, mustard does not seem to add to the taste. A good rub well worked into the meat is all that's needed, if you are in a hurry and need a binder, use mustard.
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  • hornhonkhornhonk Posts: 3,841
    I agree with Hillbilly.
  • SteveWPBFLSteveWPBFL Posts: 1,323
    Does using olive oil soften the bark?
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,871
    Oils don't soften the bark. Its just a bit more fat to get hotter than water, and crisp everything up. And, it seems to seal in a little moisture where there is just a meat surface.
  • I use mustard on ribs and olive oil on butts/briskets.  I did read somewhere that some spices are oil soluble vs. water soluble so it makes sense to me.  I use olive oil on wings to help rub stick also.  Either way, you will never taste the mustard but it will hold a lot of rub.
    BakerMan - Purcellville, VA "When its smokin' its cookin', when its black its done"
  • salt the meat with seasoned salt, it brings out the natural moisture. Than apply your rub. The mustard, olive oil,'s all  a waste.
  • I use Pam on butts and ribs if anything at all.  It is just spray olive oil.  It is tasteless, and makes a great paste.  I like to put my rubs on thick.  
    Large BGE Decatur, AL
  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,911
    All we did last week was throw on a good coat of Byron's Butt Rub the night before and put it on the egg for 11 hours without opening the lid and got this result..
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