alright, folks - today i have two whole slabs of ribs that i will attempt to trim in the st. louis style (or something like it!). i will also be trying a great-looking slather and rub recommended by a friend: TJ's barbecue slather 1 generous cup light brown sugar 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp white pepper 1 can of flat beer 32 oz. yellow mustard 2 tbsp your favorite hot sauce. due to what i had in the pantry, i used dark brown sugar and about 4 or 6 ounces of honey mustard mxed with the regular mustard. due to an effort to stay married, i omitted the hot sauce and substituted worcestershire sauce. the resulting mixture was very intersting - sweet with a kick, but no heat. here's the rub that i'll be using - it also looks great! TJ's barbecue rub 1 generous cup light brown sugar 2 tbsp paprika 1 tbsp dry mustard powder (coleman's recommended) 1tbsp onion salt 1 tbsp celery salt 1 tbsp chili seasoning (from the envelopes you find in the gravy section) 1 tbsp seasoned salt (lawry's recommended) 1 tbsp black pepper necessary substitutions with this rub were dark brown sugar, onion powder, chili powder and wite pepper. resulting rub was very good! we're removing the membrane now and then will trim the ribs. i hope to have meat on the grate by 1100 at around 240 degres. normally, i would have done all this last night (trim, slather, rub etc.) but that didn't happen this time. i have no plans to foil these ribs. for a mop/spritz, i was thinking of apple juice but have elected to go with my tried and true excellent mop: 1 cup dr. pepper, 2/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce and 1/3 cup olive oil. i am still deciding whether i will apply a finishing glaze at the end; if i do, it will be 1/3 cup each of yellow mustard, apple cider vinegar and brown sugar, simmered on the stove until well-blended and and allowed to cool, then applied very lightly near the end and again right at the end. my hosting site for pix is still down, but i will take pictures once i get meat on the grate. when things go back up (possibly today) i will post pix of the process at various stages and of course when they are finished!