A smoker is to summer as the crock pot is to winter. Slow and low cooking of affordable meats yielding moist and delicious results. Whether you choose to smoke over coals or go the electric route as we have, you are in for a treat. Our outside setup has driven us the electric route, and we have not been disappointed over the ease and quality of results. It is now part of our regular Sunday routine, making enough meat or fish to eat for lunch and dinner all week long. Today we are smoking a pork shoulder-butt with a homemade rub. I wanted to share this rub recipe as it is easy and flavorful for a summer of grilling or smoking. Starting out a little spicy and salty there is a hint of sweet that is perfect for pork.
2 Tbsp Paprika (hot or sweet based on preference, I used a mix of the two)
1 Tbsp ground Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp Onion Powder
1 Tbsp Cayenne Powder
2 Tbsp Kosher Salt
1 1/2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
Mix all ingredients together and use liberally over meats 20-30 minutes before cooking.