View Full Version : Rub sitting time affect bark on baby backs?

01-21-2013, 06:06 PM
Anyone have an opinion/experience regarding whether how long you allow rub to sit on baby backs before smoking affects the final bark. I like to smoke them all the way without opening the door. No foiling so I get a tender rib but a good dark bark. Sometimes my rub seems to not become bark but just a kind of spicy paste on the rib surface. Maybe I apply too much? Any help appreciated.

01-23-2013, 08:18 AM

I don't recall time being a factor on my bark. No foil is the way to go, especially if you want crunchy bark. Foiling aids in retention of moisture, so you are wise to stay away.

Try rubbing your ribs with yellow mustard, and then apply your rub on top. Surprisingly you will not taste the mustard, and the mustard helps aid in the rub sticking to the ribs, and yes, I get a crunchy bark when I do this on my pork butts.