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Don’t rub your ribs too early!

If there is a substantial amount of salt in your spice rub, you should apply it right before your ribs go into the cooker.  Done too early, the salt will draw too much moisture out of the ribs and result in a dry finished product.  Alternatively, you can use a rub without salt free rub and salt to taste later.

One Response to “Don’t rub your ribs too early!”

  • Erik:

    Good tip! This is a common mistake, as I know from experience. I have encountered this problem using salty spice rubs on my ribs. I would let the ribs sit over an hour after being rubbed and they became increasingly “sweaty”, removing much moisture from the meat. There’s nothing worse than dry bbq…