Smoking Elk Ribs...HELP

Discussion in 'Wild Game' started by brittany, May 21, 2013.

  1. Hi Everyone (new to website, and smoking),....(and cooking game), 

    My family and I just purchased a Traeger Lil Tex Saturday and are anxious to try smoking our elk ribs that have been in our freezer for a year. I took them out today to start thawing them out but now, I'm clueless as to how to smoke them. How long, marinade, chip type (we currently only have apple, it came with the smoker), etc. I have an elk rack to place them in and a thermometer to check temp. ANY HELP at all is appreciated! Thank you so much!
  2. Welcome to SMF!

    I haven't smoked Elk Ribs (yet), but I have done huge Beef Ribs. I used another member's Coffee Based Rub on the beef and they were fantastic. 

    BBQ Goddess Java Rub

    1/2 cup coffee grounds (I use the Cuban coffee, its stronger and ground finer or you can uses espresso powder)

    1/2 cup cocoa powder

    1/2 cup turbinado sugar

    1/2 cup kosher salt

    2 Tbs cinnamon

    2 Tbs Cayenne

    Here's a couple threads on elk ribs (got them from doing a search in the handy search bar at the top - it can be your best friend)

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  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Your apple wood will be fine.  If you wanted to try some other woods, cherry, and hickory or a blend of the two would be great. Simple rub of salt, pepper, onion, and garlic (spog) and let the flavor of the elk shine through. I'd follow the 3-2-1 method for the smoke.

    Good luck and show off your smoke with some Q-view!
  4. I keep seeing this 3-2-1 thing. Is it 3 hours unfoiled, 2 hours foiled and 1 hours basted in BBQ sauce or what!?
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yes, but you don't have to baste with bbq sauce if you don't want. You can leave them "naked" (no sauce) for the last hour too. The 3-2-1 time frame should be pretty close for the elk ribs. You can always check them after the foil. This works running the smoker around 250*.  You could skip the foil all together, still figuring on the same total time (6hrs) +/-  for the ribs to be done.
  6. X2 If it were me, I'd serve sauce on the side.
  7. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    How'd it turn out??

    I've done mule, white tail & elk ribs many times. I actually prefer to (Don't Stone Me!) boil them for an hour or so to get rid of the synu fat and then smoke and finish them on the grill for crisp.
  8. wambli

    wambli Newbie

    3hrs on grill to begin
    2hrs wrapped in foil
    1hr Out of foil on grill till done

    I'm a newbie but this is what I understand

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