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Old 04-13-2005, 01:59 PM   #1
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Smoke or Rub?

I have heard this debated before so I thought I would ask:

What do you think gives the meat more flavor: the smoke or the rub?
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Old 04-13-2005, 02:04 PM   #2
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That's a good question...imho, both are essential. I believe a rub should compliment the meat, not flavor it. I use different rubs for beef, pork and poultry, and in some cases, different rubs for different cuts.
Same with smoke. Rubs or spices make everything better, and smoke is true in most cases. However, I'd have to say in choosing one or the other, smoke.
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I agree...rub should enhance the flavor of the meat...not take it over...just like the smoke!
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Neither. It's all about the sauce! ...just kidding. That was for you, Capt., you know I couldn't resist. Actually, I'm with Capt. on this one....if I had to choose, smoke wins.
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Wow, good question. I think it's a combo of the 2. Can't take 1 away without affecting the other.
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I think we need somebody who does traditional Q to answer that question.
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Old 04-13-2005, 03:45 PM   #8
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LOL! Well, I feel like I need to revise my answer here. I thought it was an either/or question…

Like others here, I think both are important but rub is more important to me

And then, there’s the dead horse…
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Smoke is the oldest flavoring known to man, thousands of years before anything else.
Today the combination of smoke, rub is the real deal but sadly the Rev is right for most sauce is BBQ.
Learning to use all three in balance is what we strive for based on personel taste.
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Old 04-13-2005, 07:58 PM   #10
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let me say the combination of smoke, rub and sauce creates a wonderful food! Any combination of the three is still good! :biggrin:
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