Baby Backs w/Q-view

Discussion in 'Pork' started by hokiesmokie, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. hokiesmokie

    hokiesmokie Fire Starter

    Since I'm off work until after the New Year, I had time to plan a midweek smoke. I had a 3-pack of baby backs (8.8 lbs.) from Costco in the freezer, so I defrosted them over the weekend. I got some smoking chunks for Christmas (cherry and pecan, both of which I've never used), so I decided to use the cherry for these slabs.

    I also just got a rib rack for use in the UDS, so I cut the slabs in half after removing the membranes, so I could use the rack and keep the meat more centered on the cooking grate.

    I used three different rubs on the BBs - GrillMates Pork Rub, Zatarain's Creole Seasoning, and a homemade rub adapted from a Steven Raichlen recipe.

    The ribs were smoked for 5 hours using the 2-1-2 method (still experimenting with varying the foiling times). I used RO lump with the cherry chunks at 220-240 F. I spritzed with a mixture of apple juice and bourbon before and after foiling.

    Now for some Q-view.

    The rubs:

    Same three rubs applied to ribs (in order):

    On the rack ready for the UDS:

    Finished pile of pork:

    Close-up of a typical finished rib:

    The family sampled all three types, and the order of preference was the homemade rub, the creole seasoning, and then the GrillMates rub. The five of us ate well and finished only about half of the total:

    And if you noticed, the universal preference in my house is dry-rubbed only; no one prefers adding BBQ sauce to the ribs.

    Happy New Year to everyone at SMF!!!
  2. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats on some great pics and Q View too. I enjoy the dry rub type myself, but I do use some sauce for the rest of the family/guest.
  3. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I am always a fan of that rub... It is what I used before I started to make my own... Nice job on the ribs!
  4. I used that grillmates rub on my last butt and my last ribs..didn't like it very much. great looking smoke tho
  5. tom in nc

    tom in nc Smoke Blower

    Nice looking ribs. Great job! [​IMG]
  6. budlighting

    budlighting Fire Starter

    mmmmmmm good!I love my uds !
  7. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice Looking Ribs...
  8. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice job! They look great. My household prefers dry ribs as well.
  9. iluvribs

    iluvribs Smoke Blower

    Man those ribs look great, gonna have to fire up the smoker now cause iluvribs. Cant get enough ribs with a good bark on em.

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