Your pulled pork can go from tasting regular to simply mouthwatering with the right rub. When I started cooking, I underestimated the value of using a good rub for my pulled pork.
That all changed after I went to culinary school and learned the wonders a tasty rub can do to any piece of meat. My experience in my cooking classes led me to research more, and I’ve curated awesome rub recipes ever since.
Today, I'll show you four of my favorite recipes for pulled pork rub. These recipes are easy to make, and you can start using them right away. So, without further ado, let's get started!
I really enjoy using this pulled pork rub because it has so many uses. It tastes fantastic on chicken and works exceptionally well when smoking pork.
It is an excellent choice if you want to save money or if you forgot to buy a rub the last time you went to the store because it is made of ingredients that you probably have in your pantry. Here's how to make this rub.
This pulled pork rub recipe is all you need if you want to recreate the tasty Memphis barbecue flavor.
I love this great rub recipe because it adds so much flavor to the meat that you can enjoy the pork without barbecue sauce. Like with other rubs, you can alter the proportions of various ingredients to suit your taste preferences.
Expert tip: Since this recipe doesn't include salt, I recommend applying 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt per pound to the meat for a more intense burst of flavor.
This pulled pork rub caters to people who want an extra smoky flavor on their slow cooker pulled pork. With this recipe, you don't need a smoker to create a tasty, smoky dish. This rub tastes fantastic on pork chops, but it also works wonders on chicken.
To make authentic-tasting pork at home, use this traditional recipe, which contains all the necessary spices in the perfect proportions. You can always prepare some ahead of time and put it in an airtight container to use later.
Making the rub is one thing, knowing how to apply it to your meat is another. Applying dry rub properly can make your dish taste more delicious.
First, pat the meat dry, then apply the dry rub on both sides of the pork cut. Bacteria is typically present on the surface of raw pork. As a result, it is crucial to be careful not to spread the bacteria to the rub when touching the meat.
For this reason, it's best to use the two-handed method for applying dry rub. This method involves using one hand to sprinkle the rub while using the other to massage it into the pork. Remember to keep the hand you used to rub the meat away from the rub container.
Make sure to work the rub into all parts of the meat. Take advantage of the meat's natural grain to help your seasonings stick to the flesh and penetrate the meat. The more you rub the meat, the less rub will come off while you cook.
Bear in mind that a tablespoon of dry rub should be more than enough per pound of meat. So, if you're preparing 3 pounds of pork, 3 tablespoons of rub should be enough.
Expert tip: I recommend leaving the dry rub on the pulled pork for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours. This will be enough time for the flavors to permeate through the meat's fibers and produce a delicious pork flavor.
The most common cut used in smoked pulled pork recipes is pork shoulder, also known as pork butt. This pork butt is tender and falls off the bone when cooked slowly on low heat.
The ample amount of fat also means this cut is juicy and flavorful. I typically use 5-pound cuts for my slow cooker pulled pork, and it serves me and my family of four with some leftovers. If you’re not sure how much pork butt to buy, start with a 3-pound cut and work your way up.
This dry rub will last for a long time because it is merely a blend of spices. The pork rub can be kept for around 6 months if you use fresh herbs, spices, and seasonings. Make sure you store it in an airtight container and keep it in a cool, dry place.
Expert tip: I advise making a batch of this dry rub at least a day in advance so it is ready whenever you need it.
Rubs flavor the surface of the smoked pork shoulder and, depending on how well they were applied, may leave a small crust after cooking. Marinades, on the other hand, tenderize meat while also adding flavor.
There you have it! Feel free to try out all these recipes to find the one you like best. Don’t be shy about playing around with the ingredients. You might just come up with a new recipe that delights your taste buds.
Luckily, these recipes aren't limited to pulled pork butt. Enjoy it with chicken, salmon, steak, ribs, and other pieces of meat. So, get all your ingredients ready and start mixing your own homemade spice blend!