Scotch Highland Spare Ribs Failed Smoke and Recovery (lots of Qviews inside)

Discussion in 'Beef' started by big nick, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. First the preparation.


    A beautiful rub for a beautiful piece of meat......


    The basting sauce.


    After three hours on the smoker.


    I decided to use a Mirepoix (carrots, onions, celery) in the braising pan with the rest of the basting sauce


    After braising for two hours.

    Finally!!!! After 6 hours of anticipation....




    Let the carving begin!


    What the deuce? That's the biggest smoke ring ive ever seen.....




    So --- Looks like after 7 smokes, my WSM thermometer is officially broken. I kept the smoker between  215-225 degrees for 6 hours and the ribs came out med-rare.. Are you kidding me?? I felt so defeated...

    I really wanted to finish these babies on the smoker, but with the way the thermometer was acting, I didn't want to risk it.

    The recovery plan: Braise the suckers for  2 1/2 hours on 325 with the left over stock and mirepoix from the previous braise... I also put a little red wine and the rest of the BBQ sauce I had made the night before.



    I skimmed all the fat off the top and blended the remaining sauce in a blender.


    The end result: American/mexican/french braised short ribs with leek whipped mashed potatoes and coleslaw



    It was absolutely delicious... I could've served the sauce over shoe leather, and it would've been good. But I was still completely bummed out.

    What have I learned  from all this? But a freaking thermometer. I already have my eye on the 70 dollar maverick from Amazon... I Learned my lesson.

    I'm certain I will give the short ribs another try down the road. It's just a lot of money to spend on such a fatty cut -- especially when you can buy a rack of spareribs or baby backs for around  13 bucks.

    Any thoughts or constructive criticism is always appreciated.

  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    They sure look good from here, Nick!
  3. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well done Nick good recovery they look juicy
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks real good from here, Nick !!!!

    Even snuck in a few nice BearViews!!!


  5. Looks great. The recovery plan definitely didn't hurt it. I'm sure it was delish.
  6. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  7. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Man those look awesome!
  8. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice recovery Nick

    The only thing I would add is, A good thermo is imperative to making good Q.

    But you already know that  LOL

    They do look great though

    Thanks for sharing the Qview  [​IMG]
  9. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yep, short ribs are always a favorite with me and the gang.  Now, if I were to send you my address, how about........?

    On another note, You mention you're eyeballing a Maverick?  How about giving TJohnson a holler (a PM on this site will get to him) or you could check out his web site  He's not only a vendor on this site but he's one of us.  He's highly respected by all of us here and he'll give you a good deal.  I know he was running a free shipping on the Mavericks at one time, don't know if it's still going on though.  And no, I don't get a kickback, although, Todd, hint, hint...... just kidding.

  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yup, Dave's right ---- FREE shipping on your entire order, when you buy an ET-732 from Todd.

  11. I will definitely look into it.

    Thanks for all the compliments guys!
  12. ranger72

    ranger72 Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Those ribs look smokey and wonderful!

    Suggestion: Bring your ribs to the point you did in the attached pics and then try finishing them on the charcoal grill just to crisp them slightly take them from rare to medium rare

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