Gotta Love Baby Backs!

Discussion in 'Pork' started by jonnyg, Jun 14, 2015.

  1. jonnyg

    jonnyg Smoke Blower

    Oh yeah!  Love smoking ribs.  Today, I'm going to smoke baby backs using the 3-2-1 method.  I know most people use the 2-2-1 method for baby's, but I haven't had any issues with the baby backs going the 3-2-1.  So here we go! Sorry that I didn't take any photos during the prep.

    Night before:

     - removed the membrane in the back of the rib

     - coated the baby backs with yellow rub 

     - applied Weber's Chicken N' Rub liberally all over the ribs

     - Cover it in pan and threw it back in the fridge for at least 7 hours

    Going to use 50/50 split with wood chips of Cherry and hickory wood, smoking around 225-230 degrees in my MES 30".  

    Last edited: Jun 14, 2015
  2. jonnyg

    jonnyg Smoke Blower

    After 3 hours of heavy smoke, this is what my baby's look like!


    Next step is the foiling process.  I added honey, brown sugar, butter on the bottom part, with about a 1/4 cup of apple juice. Once I place the ribs in the foil, i add another layer of butter, brown sugar and honey, and a dab of apple juice on top of the ribs.  Then foiled them and threw them back in the smoker for another 2 hours.  

  3. Maybe Im not seeing it right but those look like Spare Ribs not baby backs......again I could be way off. 

  4. brandon91

    brandon91 Meat Mopper

    Ya maybe it's the angle but they look like spares to me too. Looks tasty nonetheless!
  5. jonnyg

    jonnyg Smoke Blower

    I swear it said baby backs.  I went to check the wrapper in the garbage and it said baby backs.  Let me get you guys a better photo, I think its the angle.  Thanks for the responses though!

  6. jonnyg

    jonnyg Smoke Blower

    Here they look after 2 hours being in the foil.  Going to throw them back in the smoker for an hour to bark and firm up.

    Stay tuned...
  7. Maybe just a big that didn't sound right

  8. demosthenes9

    demosthenes9 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice looking ribs Jonny !!
  9. jonnyg

    jonnyg Smoke Blower

  10. jonnyg

    jonnyg Smoke Blower

    Thanks Demo!  
  11. jonnyg

    jonnyg Smoke Blower

    Here's how they looked after I unfoiled them and threw them back on the smoker to firm up for the last hour.  Looks like a decent bark!  My baby backs are finally done after doing the 3-2-1 method.  However, after I'm done taking them through my smoking process, I glaze them with some BBQ sauce (Sweet Baby Rays Original) and liberally coat the racks.  After I coat them, I throw them on my BBQ grill, letting them crust and caramelize for 5-8 mins on each side.  Not long.  

    Pics below are after the last hour of the 3-2-1 method before I glazed them: 

    Pics below are after glazing, and throwing them on the grill 5-8 mins on each side after that they're done and ready to eat!

    crazymoon and xray like this.
  12. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    JG, Good looking ribs !
  13. xray

    xray Smoking Fanatic

    Fantastic looking ribs!
  14. jonnyg

    jonnyg Smoke Blower

    Thanks CrazyMoon!  It tasted great!  Wife loved them, and she's not a big rib eater.  Unlike myself....haha

  15. jonnyg

    jonnyg Smoke Blower

    Thanks Xray!  Going to post a couple more pics!

  16. jonnyg

    jonnyg Smoke Blower

    Forgot to post this yesterday as I was busy indulging myself with my baby backs.  But here are some additional pics!  Thanks for all the responses! Keep on smokin!

  17. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nothing wrong with a big rack, Scott. These look great. I usually buy loin back ribs that are baby backs with a little of the loin still on. But, I haven't seen any like these. I bet after 6 hours with 2 of them in foil there is not much tug. Good luck, Jonny and keep on smoking, Joe
  18. Looking GUUUD!!!
  19. jonnyg

    jonnyg Smoke Blower

    Thanks Joe!  Appreciate it.  Yea that's what they were, baby backs with extra loin meat.  They were very tasty.  I've always been a spare rib guy myself, but I've been feeling baby backs lately.  Take it easy!


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