And let there be smoke...

Discussion in 'Beef' started by desertrat, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. desertrat

    desertrat Newbie

    Sorry if this sounds a little odd. Cut and pasted from my website; intended for a slightly different audience! Been lurking and learning a lot here the last few weeks. My first smoker, my first smoke...

    Finally, after a few weeks of prepping and reading and learning, my new ProQ smokerwas fired up for the first time this weekend. First up was beef ribs. I bought them on sale a couple weeks ago. Wicked big racks of ribs!

    The night before, I rubbed the ribs down with rubs from Big Ron Garcia. One rack got "Big Ron is in the House", one rack got "Hint of Houston". Being very green, I planned on using the 3-2-1 method for doing the ribs.

    Up at 10 the next morning, I got everything set. I also was going to try and make pastrami on the other rack - more on that later. Because the ribs were so big, I had to use the first rack - they wouldn't fit on the second rack, under the dome cover.

    I filled the charcoal basket full of briquettes (Kingsford Competition), lit a half chimney starter full, and spread them over the basket.

    Buttoned up and waiting.

    The plan was to get to a temp of 225 and hold for 3 hours. Then the ribs would be wrapped in foil and put back on for 2 hours (with a splash of apple juice). Then they would be unwrapped and put back on for a final hour. It seemed to take a long time to get to 225. It held at around 200 for a long time. I kept messing with the vents. Finally I opened the bottom door a little, added some more charcoal, and voila!

    Here they are going on for the last hour:

    The ribs were awesome. We served sauce on the side, which we've never done before. The meat was falling off of the bones, and my wife and daughter loved them! I want to thank Big Ron for the awesome rub. I think I liked the Hint of Houston a little better - but they were both wicked good. I'd give myself a B+ or A-. Overall, for the very first time I'd smoked anything, I think it went great. Oh - and got a great smoke ring too!
  2. scpatterson

    scpatterson Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks like you have been learing alot..Those are awesome looking ribs for sure..great job
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now those are some mighty fine lookig beef ribs there Marshall.[​IMG]for your first smoke and a good one it was.
  4. desertrat

    desertrat Newbie

    Thanks guys!
  5. mr mac

    mr mac Smoking Fanatic

    I'm with them...great looking ribs! [​IMG]
  6. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    great job looks real good. [​IMG]
  7. jak757

    jak757 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Awesome job with those ribs! And excellent Qview -- great photos and descriptions!!

  8. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very nice! We can't get beef ribs that meaty around here. [​IMG]
  9. timtimmay

    timtimmay Action Team

    Those ribs look great, good job!
  10. northern greenhorn

    northern greenhorn Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Nice lookin ribs, great qview, [​IMG]
  11. desertrat

    desertrat Newbie

    Thanks everybody
  12. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Those beef ribs look great. [​IMG]on the ribs.
  13. outstanding!!![​IMG]
  14. mistabob

    mistabob Meat Mopper

    Those look great! Especially for a first smoke! My first few smokes were awful disasters...

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