Cherry ribs vs rubbed ribs

Discussion in 'Pork' started by sumosmoke, Jul 6, 2009.

  1. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I had a slab of baby back ribs cut in half, and decided to have Jon perform a taste test between rubbed vs. non-rubbed ribs. The rubbed ribs had Jeff's rub applied, the other half slab was naked.

    Smoke details:
    100% cherry wood used to generate smoke
    100% cherry juice used as spritz every hour
    internal smoke temp - 250-275
    smoke time = 4 hours 30 min (it sat at 275 too long reducing the smoke time)


    On the smoker - rubbed in back, naked in front

    1/4 way through smoke - naked spritzed with 100% cherry juice

    1/2 way through smoke

    Prior to pulling off smoker - naked in front

    Prior to pulling off smoker - rubbed


    I've learned that the placement of ribs is critical in the Lang. The past couple times they've been placed near the heat box, they've cooked too fast and too hot, resulting in less tender ribs. Lesson learned is to cook them on the other side of the smoker, opposite the smoke box.

    Result of taste test: Jon thought the naked ones were better. He's not a huge fan of rubs in the first place. [​IMG]
  2. m1tanker78

    m1tanker78 Meat Mopper

    Niiiiiiiiiiice :D

    Thanks for that morning boost

  3. valkman

    valkman Smoke Blower

    They both look great!
  4. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'd eat either one. They both look great.
  5. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hey great experiment!

    Thanks for taking the time to do this and show your awesome results...YUM!

    Good looking stuff, and thanks for posting. Your taste test is well received this time of year and good to have.... [​IMG]
  6. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You probably should send me some for an outside opinion.

    Looking good!
  7. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Both look good to me. If you need any help deciding which is better I would be glad to sample them for you.

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