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    How long is too long to dry brine?

    Hey everyone, So I'm smoke'n baby backs and a 12 lbs pb ( thinking I'll halve it to reduce cook time and create more surface are for bark) Anyway I'm doing these this sat nice and early - wondering can I start to dry brine now or should I wait until tomorrow?

    Thanks!
    -Jim

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    Now is fine

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      #3
      Thanks Jerod, was hoping to hear that. Another question, I typically just dry brine with everything in a big pan. I like to leave it uncovered so the air can do it's magic with the salt and moisture. Should I be covering it ? Normally I wouldn't worry since I usually do it the day before. I'm pretty sure I am going about this correctly.

      -Jim

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        #4
        Up to 48 hours in advance is MH's recommendation although he doesn't mention ribs specifically in his dry brining article

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          #5
          I think that a little brining goes a long way with ribs... b/c they are thinner

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            #6
            I don't worry about covering. If you need to to prevent cross-contamination, time to clean the fridge.

            I never cover chicken, that is like worrying about perfume dripping on a nuclear warhead.

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            • 3DJ
              3DJ commented
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              Yep thanks, my thoughts exactly. I've never covered before and I am excited to get an extra day brining on all of this!

              -Jim

            #7
            On ribs I just mix the salt with the rub and let'em sit in the fridge 4-5 hrs before the cook sometimes overnight. PBs I like to apply salt and wrap in plastic wrap 3 days in advance. Some like to cover and some don't I'm the one who does. 😊

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              #8
              I had (2) 1 1/4 inch or thicker NYS up on racks, uncovered (per Jerod) for 2 days. They came out awesome with Reverse Sear ( I think I used the non-stick on the stove so I could make pan sauce ) I was a little leary about 2 days, but they were fine.

              I'd dry-brine AGAIN!

              --Ed

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                #9
                pit boss has a post about doing pulled beef where he dry brined his chuck roast for 5 days by accident and it was still great.

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                • Medusa
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                  Yeah, I think I saw it. I did mine for 39+ hours / 16 of that with MH BBBR

                #10
                Originally posted by Jerod Broussard View Post
                I don't worry about covering. If you need to to prevent cross-contamination, time to clean the fridge.

                I never cover chicken, that is like worrying about perfume dripping on a nuclear warhead.
                I'm curious if there is any harm in covering? I'm guessing the process is a chemical reaction not dependent on air circulation. Have I missed something?

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                  #11
                  Let me rephrase the question: Is there any difference in the results if you cover or not cover?

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