Experiment Day

Discussion in 'Pork' started by ddave, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well, today was experiment day. Had 2 racks of baby backs and was going to experiment with different glazes -- peanut butter/honey (a request from my daughter ) and a cherry/chipotle.

    Here are the ribs after two hours on the drum, right before going into the foil. Used Cowboy lump today with some hickory chunks.

    When I have to do time-consuming things like foiling with the drum, I just take the rack out and set it on a table. That way I can put the lid back on the drum which helps keep the temps stable.

    The top rack was spritzed with apple juice/Jack Daniels and the bottom rack was spritzed with Cherry Dr. Pepper.

    Now that the ribs were in the foil, it was time to make the glazes. I planned on using a Cherry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce recipe that I found an another forum, but could not find cherry preserves or cherry juice at my local Safeway. So, I improvised. I mixed some Cherry Dr. Pepper, some marachino cherry juice, a couple of shots of Chipotle Tobasco sauce, and some Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce and went with that.

    For the peanut butter/honey glaze I just put about 1/3 cup of honey in a pot and added some peanut butter heating them on low. I dumped in the rest of the AJ/JD spritz that was left over and just started stirring, tasting, and adding until it was the consistency I wanted.

    After 1.5 hours in the foil, I took them out of the foil and put them back on the grate. As is often the case, I tipped the foil on the table and much of the spritz/juice got all over the place. But my trusty helper, Tina had me covered.

    I started glazing about every 15 minutes. I let the temp creep up a bit for Phase 3. Well, that's usually what happens anyways when I start lifting the lid a lot but it works out okay.

    Here they are after the last coat of glaze.

    And on a tray.

    And finally sliced.

    My son had a friend over so we had an extra crash test dummy, er, um, taste tester for dinner. The cherry chipotle ones were a big hit although I am sure when I find the cherry preserve and cherry juice, they will be better. My daughter LOVED the peanut butter/honey glaze. She liked the glaze better than the ribs. My wife, my son and his friend thought that they were a little to peanut-buttery. I must say, even though I really liked the taste, I would have to agree. I think if I do them again, I'll have to make the glaze much thinner. I like peanut butter as much as the next person but I'm not sure that ribs are supposed to stick to the roof of your mouth.

    All in all, some pretty tasty experimentation and a fun way to spend a Saturday. Thanks for checking out my pics.

  2. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looking good, Dave! I'm with you, I'll have to pass on the peanut butter. I reserve that for the mouse traps.[​IMG]
  3. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great Dave. Not sure about the peanut butter but glad your daughter liked it.
  4. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Real nice dave.The daughter is somethin-peanut butter- and the doggie tooooo[​IMG]
  5. rod guy

    rod guy Smoke Blower

    Looks great but I will have to pass on the peanut butter stuff also, I don't touch the stuff. I think the cherry ones sounds awesome.
  6. mco

    mco Smoke Blower

    Looks really good Dave, try using cherry pie filling, that seems to work good for me over a ham
  7. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice, Dave good looking ribs.

    Maybe you should smoke some peanuts for your daughter, or maybe smoked peanut butter on toast. THAT might be good.
  8. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    No pain no gain!
    Looks like fun, and tasted good. Thats a win!
  9. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Peanut butter...sounds like it might be good to me. Maybe mixed with an apple butter.

    Thanks for the ideas.
  10. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have heard of peanut butter on many things but ribs isn't one i think I would try but if my daughter wanted some I would have to try it too. It's only ribs and aleast you had some you could eat. Your a good dad Dave.
  11. cman95

    cman95 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Really nice looking ribs, and [​IMG]for the experiment!
  12. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Peanut butter and ribs, very interesting. Your daughter definitely is developing a unique pallet.
    For the cherry juice, I have trouble finding it around here as well but recently realized they usually carry it in the frozen concentrated juice section.
    Thanks for the rib comparison, stick to your fingers or the roof of your mouth they looked good from here.
  13. treegje

    treegje Master of the Pit

    those ribs look good[​IMG]
  14. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Your daughter is adventurous, good for her! I'd have to agree though that the glaze would have to be really thin for it not to be overpowering. The ribs both look great.
  15. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG] That's great! Congratulations on the family-time and input you combined for the smoke. It's great to get the familia involved and excited in what's going on. Your daughter sounds like a little-chef in the making and big congrats to her too....keep up the experimentation!

    The ribs looked magazine-perfect and could almost smell them from here. Great job, bud and keep it up!

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