1st time spare ribs

Discussion in 'Pork' started by cowboy bbq, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. I have a few days off of work and it's over 40 degrees, so had to try a smoke.

    Picked up 2 racks of ribs. Trimmed the fat, but didn't trim down to St Louis style. (One good trimming and boning knife each just got put at the top of my list.)


    smeared with mustard and covered with Jeff's Rub, then into the fridge for the night.



    onto the smoker at 225* for 3 hrs


    pulled and wrapped in foil with juice. Did one with Chef JimmyJ's foiling juice. http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/110881/foiling-juice-chef-jimmyj  and did the other with a mixture of butter, honey, and brown sugar that I saw on another site


    Still have one more hour in the foil. More to come.
  2. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looking good so far, can't wait for the finished pictures
  3. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    Lookin good. I'd like to try that foiling liquid
  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking good so far - let us know how you like the foiling liquid
  5. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looking forward to the results 

  6. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Waiting for the results!

    You can get a good boning knife from the restaurant supply house for $20 or less.

    Until then, a good chef knife will be the one you use 80% of the time anyway!  [​IMG]

    Good luck and good smoking.
  7. Now for the learning part. These ribs would have probably passed the 90* bend test after removing from the foil. So I assume they were already done at that point.

    I think I may have cooked them at to high of a temperature because when I unfoiled them much of the foiling juice had turned to a thick black substance and the ribs were burnt on the underside.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  8. The potatoes were great and the rib meat was still very good and had a nice smokey pink color.
  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    They sure look good from here!
  10.  Those sure look good to me. I see you are using a mechanical therm on your cooking rack. Maybe should check your temp with a good digital.

    It looks like it may have been a bit too hot, but then both the foiling juice recipes you use have a high sugar content which could make them

    darker. I don't know how much liquid you put in each one. Maybe not enough to get the full effect of the braising.

     You got me wanting spare ribs.


  11. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    Them are some great looking ribs you have there.. Nice job bet they will be tasty... Have fun and Happy smoking
  13. I use a cleaver and a pair of long tongs to slice the ribs.The cleaver is also great to use on my pork shoulders. Looking good enjoy the smoking life.
  14. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now ribs are one of the hardest dishes here to master. So here we eat our mistakes an learn with every dry crusty bite. Let's call it payment to the lesson. Believe me you will try harder next time knowing that you are eating what comes out of your smoker
  15. Cowboy, I think you are correct about the temps and the leveling. Ribs are one of the few items that we generally don't go by temperature for several reasons. There are many good indicators of doneness such as flexibility and pull-back to go by, plus if you cook something of that thickness for 6 hours it pretty  much has to be safe to eat. Being whole muscle, it only need to get to 145 anyway. Just about everything else, let your thermometer be the judge. Even over-cooked spare ribs are fantastic eats, I even enjoy the charred spots. Ever notice how everybody wants the black hot-dog. The mistakes are still good, and the next ones will be better.


  16. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    from here it looks great
  17. The rib meat was definitely still good. I just need to be careful when I play with sugar. [​IMG]

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