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The best way to test new rubs?

I am stumped about the best way to try out new rubs. I' hate the thought of spending 16 hours doing a butt and hating the rub.  What do ya'll do?  Sauces are easier just dip in what ever has cooked.
Suwanee Georgia - suburb north of Atlanta

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  • ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,680
    I shake a little in my hand and taste it straight up.  No influences of other flavors that way.
    Packerland, Wisconsin

  • RRPRRP Posts: 13,061
    I hear you and I have been burnt. What I will do is to use a proven rub I like on one half and then the new untried on the other half. In addition since I have become a firm believer in the turbo butt method I cut my time loss down drastically. Otherwise when I know something has to be right then I never use something unproven when I have guests. Otherwise it is blind faith...like tomorrow's spares I will be using Mickey's coffee rub for the first time, but with the rave reviews it should be fine.
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • chashanschashans Posts: 387
    I am new at this rug stuff. But following what I have been reading on this forum and using some "gut instinct"...a tablespoon of this, a teaspoon of that and then a pinch of something else, etc....this is some of the best food that I have ever eaten. I can't imagine a bad meal coming out of my egg.
    LARGE, MINI BGE    SAN DIEGO, CA            An alcoholic with a barbecuing problem.

  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,293
    It is hard to determine the true quality of a rub until it is browned on your food, yet almost every rub that tastes good cooked also tastes good raw. The best rubs taste good raw, cooked, and well browned. But they taste different at every stage. 

    A good quick way to taste rubs cooked is to take a little cube of pork (since you are cooking pork) apply the rub, then brown it in a pan. Not only will you see how the rub tastes with browning, but you will see how it tastes on pork. Perhaps you'd want to use a cube of sirloin chop instead of a tough shoulder, but you'll be able to determine a lot on flavor/saltiness….and whether that rub even is worthy of being on a pork butt that you spend hours and hours on.

    Good luck!
    Chris
    DizzyPigBBQ.com
    Twitter: @dizzypigbbq
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 6,855
    I just look at the ingredients. If I like all of 'em, I figure I'll probably like the combination. Some blends are better than others, but I have yet to try one that was bad
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

    "Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic." Bourdain
  • ZmokinZmokin Posts: 369
    I also do the sprinkle in the palm of my hand and then lick method.  But as I make my own rubs, this is more just to check for heat to see if I want more pepper in it or not.  I try to start on the mild side unless I know I'm going for spicy.
    Large BGE in a Sole' Gourmet Table
    Using the Black Cast Iron grill, Plate Setter,
     and a BBQ Guru temp controller.

    Location: somewhere West of the Mason-Dixon Line
  • I'll usually put it on a chicken breast first.  I know it's a different meat, but you get a taste and you're not out a lot.

    Damascus, VA.  Friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail.

    LBGE Aug 2012, SBGE Feb 2014

  • RRPRRP Posts: 13,061
    It is hard to determine the true quality of a rub until it is browned on your food, yet almost every rub that tastes good cooked also tastes good raw. The best rubs taste good raw, cooked, and well browned. But they taste different at every stage. 

    A good quick way to taste rubs cooked is to take a little cube of pork (since you are cooking pork) apply the rub, then brown it in a pan. Not only will you see how the rub tastes with browning, but you will see how it tastes on pork. Perhaps you'd want to use a cube of sirloin chop instead of a tough shoulder, but you'll be able to determine a lot on flavor/saltiness….and whether that rub even is worthy of being on a pork butt that you spend hours and hours on.

    Good luck!
    Chris
    EXPERT advice from an EXPERT!!! Thank you Chris!!!
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 3,868
    I shake a little in my hand and taste it straight up.  No influences of other flavors that way.
    Me too.  We enjoy trying rubs, but have only found a few that are go-to for us.
    Pasquali Luciano
    Buon appetito to all the BGE family
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

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