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This Is The Top Method For Adding A Rub To Pulled Pork
Pulled pork is already delicious due to its rendered fat and smokiness. However, to elevate it further, apply a flavorful seasoning rub to the pork before it goes into the smoker.
Start by patting your cut of pork dry with paper towels to remove any surface moisture. Then, start coating the pork in a generous layer of your dry rub.
Since pork cuts have uneven surfaces, be thorough to ensure an even layer of rub. After applying the rub, allow the seasoned pork to rest uncovered in the refrigerator overnight.
For best results, place the pork on a rack inside a baking sheet to ensure better airflow and promote even drying. This will enhance the flavors from the rub.
When it's time to cook, take the pork out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature. If you don’t already have a dry rub, you can make one with just a few ingredients.
You’ll want to account for sweetness, savoriness, spiciness, and aroma. For sweetness, brown sugar or molasses are good options, while cayenne pepper or paprika can add spice.
For savory notes, salt and garlic or onion powder are great choices and, for the aroma, dried herbs like thyme or oregano are perfect. However, the best thing to do is experiment.
You can go for a rub packing more heat and sweetness or a more savory rub. Playing with the ratio of each component, you can tailor the rub to your tastes.