Spicy Honey Ribs (MES30)

Discussion in 'Pork' started by tumbleweed1, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    I'm doing some babyback ribs today with a new sauce. I made a sample-size run of it Sunday, tried it on some chicken wings & couldn't wait to try it on some ribs.

    It was cool, breezy, wet & dreary when I got up so I set up in the garage. Of course now the sun's out, but  too late, I'm rollin'. I'm going with like 70% hickory & 30% peach wood chips & smoking at 260 degrees. I got up early, made my sauce, my BBG rub, got the smoker started & prepped the ribs. Minimal trimming, membrane removed & rub was applied before they went in about 40 minutes ago. In fact, it's probably getting to be time to add some wood chips. Here are a few pics.

    Spicy honey BBQ sauce-

    Started up the smoker-

    Prepping the ribs-

    Rub applied-

    Cut & in they went-

    I'll probably put some corn in later, as well.

    Last edited: Oct 22, 2015
  2. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    After about 2.5 hours, we're about halfway there. I rotated all four cuts around & switched racks.

    I also added my corn. Pretty straight forward, basic stuff here since I've never tried the corn in my smoker before. If you've followed any of my other threads this summer you know I like my sides in there too. I've had good luck with beans, mac & cheese & we really liked the twice-baked potatoes I did recently.

    With the corn, I just added some olive oil, salt, pepper & butter.

  3. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Lookin' good so far, TW!  Looking forward to seeing the next update.  [​IMG]

    Your spicy honey BBQ sauce looks and sounds tasty...would you be willing to share the recipe??

    Last edited: Oct 22, 2015
  4. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    I'm now 3.5-4 hours in & still have a ways to go.

    It was time to flip them around a little & give the corn a stir.

  5. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I'm in

  6. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tasty looking so far! I have to drive by the general area maybe you can toss me a few bones out the window sound good?:biggrin:
  7. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks SR. Love the avatar! I believe that's where he says "I bet if you buy this hat you get a free bowl of soup!" Great movie.

    I don't mind sharing at all.

    1 cup honey

    2 cups ketchup

    1 stick butter

    1/3 cup vinegar

    4 tsp onion powder

    2 tbs brown sugar

    2 tbs soy sauce

    2 tsp garlic powder

    2 tbs chili powder (more if you like it spicy)

    Combine all ingredients in saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook until warmed through, then simmer 15 minutes.
    Glad you could stop by buddy!

    Well it's all over. The ribs were excellent. I gave them the bend test at 4:45 cook time & they were good, so I sauced them, shut off the smoker & left them in there about 15-20 minutes. I have a couple of really good "sweet" sauces, but this one is tops. I made a good-sized batch, as it also works on beef & chicken as well. The ribs were moist inside, first sweet from the sauce, then the warmness of the chili powder which is almost faint (I don't make it too spicy) & finally the rub, which provided most of the "spiciness".  Both the wife & I really enjoyed them & as usual, I have leftovers to take to work for my lunch.

    The corn got a mixed review. The wife liked it a lot more than I did. I didn't dislike it, but I really think I just prefer mine on the stove, where it gets most of it's flavor from the butter. I may have to make a small batch of it again for the wife next time (I'm thinking about a 10 lb pork butt I have in the freezer already), but that's ok. There will still be room for beans or mac & cheese for me.

    Here are the final pics. And as usual, thanks for checking out my smoke.

    Last edited: Oct 22, 2015
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  8. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks. You must have been posting right at the same time as me!

    Wife says the drive-through's closed, but these are ribs I definitely wouldn't mind sharing. You know the ones, when they're THAT good?

  9. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks tasty!
  10. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    TW That looks great the recipe sounds good,thanks for sharing 


  11. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    LOL...yeah Caddyshack is one of my all time favorites!  That pic has been my avatar for a very long time...every time I look at it, it makes me laugh!

    The ribs and corn look like they turned out delicious...nicely done!  And thanks a lot for sharing that sauce recipe...I've already saved that one to my "to do" list.


  12. Good lookin' ribs!  You just inspired me to pull some baby backs from the freezer to give your sauce a try this weekend.  Wife likes a sweet sauce, so this looks like just the ticket.  Thanks for sharing!
  13. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dang it man that looks awesome, nice color on them ribs and I bet that corn is to die for - Nice job 

    A full smoker is a happy smoker

  14. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks guys. My wife doesn't really like spicy, otherwise I would say to double down on the amount of chili powder, as the honey & brown sugar really make it nice & sweet, but it's good either way. 
    Thanks, DS.

    Loved the ribs & sauce, but the wife dug the corn more than I did.

    It was still an experience to learn something from.


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