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Bark color question

Post by Gizmo » February 24th, 2013, 8:22 am

So I've got a rub I really like but the bark it produces doesn't have the customary mahogany color - in fact it's downright non-existant.

Any suggestions of what to add to the rub to get there?

Paprika?
Chili powder?
Oregano?


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Re: Bark color question

Post by The Czar » February 24th, 2013, 9:52 am

Love? Tenderness? Care? =))


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Re: Bark color question

Post by SoloQue » February 24th, 2013, 10:05 am

I use Paprika in all my current rubs. Do you use a wet base under your rub? Again here I almost always use some mixture of mustard painted on before adding the rub. Just offering up what I do and I do get a nice bark but I really can't give you a def answer as to why. Now that is kinda disturbing when I think about it. :-B


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Re: Bark color question

Post by Gizmo » February 24th, 2013, 10:09 am

Thanks Solo. I have used mustard and I like it. I don't always have it handy so I frequently just use Pam as a binder. I was thinking maybe the cheapest house brand generic Paprika that wouldn't effect the flavor as much but still add color? :-B


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Re: Bark color question

Post by Frank_Cox » February 24th, 2013, 10:11 am

Rick, are you trying to any meat in particular you are having this trouble with? on pork I have found a lighter coating of rub at the beginning and a second coat during wrap gives me a nice red color.


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Re: Bark color question

Post by Gizmo » February 24th, 2013, 10:13 am

Actually it was more on brisket than anything. My pork rub has a decent color - never thought about a second coat when wrapping...


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Re: Bark color question

Post by SmokinFF » February 24th, 2013, 10:30 am

In the rub I mix up, paprika does the trick for me. I'm nowhere near the comp thing, but I feel it turns out pretty good.
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Re: Bark color question

Post by Gizmo » February 24th, 2013, 10:37 am

Thanks Smokinff ... I kinda suspected paprika but I'm still learning my way around spices in general ...


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Re: Bark color question

Post by SmokinFF » February 24th, 2013, 10:43 am

Also add Tea while smokin, the color will look great on anything.


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Re: Bark color question

Post by Gizmo » February 24th, 2013, 11:02 am

Just ground tea from a tea bag?
I've got instant around here all the time.... :-B


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Re: Bark color question

Post by Frank_Cox » February 24th, 2013, 11:11 am

Brewed tea Rick,
we did the tea thing on ribs here at HQ yesterday... Looked awesome! I must say them were the reddest ribs I have cooked. these had a light coating of blues hog on them.
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Re: Bark color question

Post by Gizmo » February 24th, 2013, 11:12 am

If it's brewed tea then you are brushing it on at the end of the cook?


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Re: Bark color question

Post by SmokinFF » February 24th, 2013, 11:21 am

Oh, I was unaware you could brush them with tea. I meant drink copious amounts of Nice Tea. :headwall:


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Re: Bark color question

Post by Gizmo » February 24th, 2013, 11:56 am

Obviously! Large amounts of NICE tea will change the color of most anything .... :beer:


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Re: Bark color question

Post by Frank_Cox » February 24th, 2013, 1:36 pm

I poured it in when I wrapped. you gotta rub them also.


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Re: Bark color question

Post by Rodcrafter » February 24th, 2013, 1:40 pm

Rick,

I would say that on brisket, trying to get a red sort of color it would be chili powder more than paprika. My briskets are a darker color with brown and black as the primary 2 colors. But I often use a dark marinate, and just add smoke.


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Re: Bark color question

Post by Joe D » February 24th, 2013, 2:53 pm

Im assuming he's referring to spritzing with tea. Yesterday Mike & Frank mopped with tea & the meat came out a awesome color. On brisket I keep my rub pretty basic & let the beef speak for itself. Basically Lawrys Season Salt, Paprika, Chili Powder & heavy on the coarse ground pepper. Bark turns out awesome



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Re: Bark color question

Post by El Gato » February 24th, 2013, 3:29 pm

I think the problem is the pam,

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Re: Bark color question

Post by Smokeone » February 24th, 2013, 5:14 pm

D, all of the above.
I agree on the paprika. I am intrigued by the tea baste, and now I need a snack, with some nice tea to wash it down!


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Re: Bark color question

Post by SmokinFF » February 24th, 2013, 6:03 pm

Sure, just rub it in. 35 hr no hitter here.
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Re: Bark color question

Post by Gizmo » February 24th, 2013, 8:05 pm

Thanks for all the suggestions guys ... I've got enough now to try a new approach next weekend.... :D


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Re: Bark color question

Post by Joe D » February 24th, 2013, 10:05 pm

Let us know how it turned out. Tea gave a awesome color on those ribs @ the hq Saturday. I ate leftovers for breakfast... :needfood: :needfood:



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Re: Bark color question

Post by Tom_Heath » February 24th, 2013, 10:12 pm

There was ribs saterday,,,,, they told me that we ran out.


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Re: Bark color question

Post by The Czar » February 25th, 2013, 8:11 am

Smoker Tom wrote:There was ribs saterday,,,,, they told me that we ran out.
Somebody fibbed to you....


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Re: Bark color question

Post by Smokeone » February 25th, 2013, 5:19 pm

Seems to be a trend in the last couple of posts. :^o :BS:


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