No-Wrap Ribs and Meatballs with Q-View

Discussion in 'Pork' started by jaye220, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. jaye220

    jaye220 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Well, it had been way too long since I'd done ribs so I picked up a 3-pack of BB's from Costco. Plus, I really wanted to do some with no foil so I rubbed them up with Jeff's rub, tossed some Hickory and Apple chunks into the Big Block and smoked them for about 6 hours. I sprayed every 1.5 hours or so with a mix of apple juice and pear vodka and then glazed them with Jeff's BBQ sauce for the last 45 minutes.

    The verdict: these were the best ribs I've ever made. I feel like I really nailed it and I love the way they turned out with no foil: really nice bark but so tender without being falling off the bone. Brought them over to the neighbors' house for dinner and everyone was happy.

    Oh...I also grabbed some italian chicken sausage and some chorizo and made up some little sausage balls. Most were wrapped in bacon but the naked ones were dipped in sauce for the last 30 minutes. Really good stuff. Anyway, on to the Q-View:

    All rubbed up and ready to go:

    Close-up of the meatballs prior to smoking:

    3 Racks right out of the smoker:

    Sliced view:

    Meatballs and 2 racks (kept one rack for me) ready to go across the street:

    Another close-up:

    Thanks for looking.
  2. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yummm. Looks good. Was the smoke flavor intense?
  3. budlighting

    budlighting Fire Starter

    NICE!!!!gotta love the ribs,mmmmmmmm
  4. werdwolf

    werdwolf Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice! good Q View. Can't wait now for my ribs to get out of that smoker.
  5. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Everything looks great.[​IMG]
  6. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Mmmmm... looks wonderful! [​IMG]
  7. jaye220

    jaye220 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for all of the compliments. Just wanted to answer this question and say...No, the smoke flavor was not too intense. They were nice and smoky but in a perfect way. I am no a no-foil convert and if you haven't tried it yet, do it won't regret it.
  8. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    As soon as I am comfortable with foiling, I will do the no foil thing.....Should be interesting to see / taste for myself the differences between foil/no foil.

    In the meantime.....congrats to you a job well done...Those ribs look great !!!! Yummy.
  9. mr porky

    mr porky Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Nice lookin scoff.[​IMG]
  10. mikey

    mikey Smoking Fanatic

    Great lookin' ribs[​IMG] Another Qer that thinks outside the box. [​IMG]
  11. Great looking smoke![​IMG]
  12. wmarkw

    wmarkw Smoking Fanatic

    Looks good!! I did mine today no foil style. Turned out perfect. I agree its good to mix it up and easier too.
  13. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice job. Everything looks great. [​IMG]
  14. blacklab

    blacklab Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    The look of those ribs are [​IMG] .

    Welcome to the world of no foil [​IMG]
  15. grothe

    grothe Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great job...your ribs look perfect!! [​IMG]
  16. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    the meatballs look great, and the ribs look good as well(I am not a sauce guy, but your ribs do look pretty darn good sauced.)

    I typically do not wrap the ribs I smoke, however this weekend I am going to do one slab of unwrapped, and one wrapped all in the name of "practice" for my Marseilles in May cookoff.
  17. jaye220

    jaye220 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    You know, I used to not be a sauce guy either but after saucing a few times, I can't go back to dry.
  18. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I went the opposite way, I used to like sauced ribs, and now enjoy the taste of dry rub, and now use sauce for dipping fries, or smoked sausage in. [​IMG]

    your ribs do look great though.
  19. tn_bbq

    tn_bbq Smoking Fanatic

    Yep. I made that transformation a while back, too.
  20. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    the best ribs i've made have been without foil. good job!

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