Spareribs My Way, Qview

Discussion in 'Pork' started by disco, Nov 15, 2014.

  1. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Smoking ribs has been a contentious issue around here. She Who Must Be Obeyed (SWMBO) liked the way I used to grill ribs and hasn't really warmed to smoked ribs. 

    I liked the 3-2-1 method and I liked them. SWMBO liked them too but they were just too fall apart.

    I adjusted to 2-2-1 and it was closer but still somewhat fall off the bone.

    I tried not foiling and it was closer but I just couldn't get the pull right every time despite trying the toothpick test, the bend test and the test of my patience.

    I read an article on the Thermoworks (makers of Thermapen) site about cooking the ribs to 185 F and then cooling them to 185 F and serving. The pull was spot on but it was hard to get the timing for making wet ribs. If you put the sauce on too early, it over caramelized. Put it on too late and you don't get that nice stickiness and have to over cook the ribs.

    This is the method that I have settled on. I am not saying it is the best in the world, it just meets mine and SWMBO's idea of a great rib.

    We are enjoying snow and cold weather here in the Canadian Rockies.

    Due to the cost of ribs, I have to wait for side ribs to come on sale which seems to mean I get somewhat raggedy ribs. I pulled the silverskin off the back and rubbed them down with a basic KC style rub. I fired them into the Bradley at 230 F over pecan smoke for 3 hours.

    Three hours is all the smoke SWMBO liked and it was colder than a mother in law's stare so I brought the ribs in and put them in a 230 F oven. I inserted my temperature probe into the thickest part of the ribs.

    When the internal temperature got to 185 F (I confirm this with my Thermapen as the high content of bone makes temperature reading difficult), I turn the oven down to 190 F and brush the ribs with a KC style barbecue sauce. I put it back in the oven for 15 minutes and then brush them with sauce again. Back in the oven for 15 minutes and then I take them out of the oven completely and let them cool to 155 F internal temperature. I cut them into ribs and serve.

    The Verdict

    This is my go to way to make ribs for a couple of reasons.

    The pull is perfect. The meat comes off the bone when you bite but it doesn't fall off. You can take a bite of this pork and the shape of your bite is in the meat. Tender with chew. Just the way we like it.

    The sauce caramelizes perfectly for our tastes.

    SWMBO likes them. Obviously the reasons are not in order of importance.

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  2. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Way to go, Disco.  I personally don't foil and have found that 5.5hrs. on Spares is my right time. I do a tender test with a toothpick and the bend test .

    I also don't glaze .  .  . sauce on the side for a true taste of the Meat. I like them dry ( no sauce...).
  3. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Points for breaking it down to a repeatable metric!! I too have struggled with ribs. I finally got them the way I liked, but it was the culmination of many months of ribs at least once a week. By the time I got them dialed in my wife was so sick of the sight of ribs I've no doubt she'd have forced me to take them internally, by whatever means available, if I'd have suggested them again.
    The accepted methods are so subjective it's no wonder folks have trouble. Plus, tastes are subjective as well. Your method using temperatures will give folks a baseline they can tweak to their own taste and most importantly REPEAT OVER AND OVER!!
    Great job and thank you!!!
  4. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks. I have had dry ribs and do like them but wet ribs are my favourite. The coating is like rib candy.

    Thanks MD. I suffer with the subjective part because She Who Must Be Obeyed has different tastes than me . Working to common ground can be tough!

  5. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Another great post. My wife and I like the same style ribs. Lucky me.

  6. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Adam. I have to admit to whining too much. My missus lets me make them the way I like anytime I want.
  7. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well done my friend. Another outstanding tutorial. B
  8. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thank you sir. I am blushing.

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