vinegar and ribs

Discussion in 'Pork' started by ga.rick, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. ga.rick

    ga.rick Smoke Blower

    does anybody here rinse or soak your ribs in vinegar before rubbing and smoking.

    thanks in advance.

    good smokn!
  2. sloweredcivic

    sloweredcivic Smoke Blower

    Like straight vinegar? I think that would be a bit strong... Don't you?
  3. Sometimes a quick rinse....Never a soak!!
  4. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    Just curious - why a "quick rinse"? Does vinegar do anything when used as a "rinsing" agent? 
  5. Not much more than water....Ribs from cryovac packaging can sometimes be a little "bloody"~~ Rinsing them off kinda freshens them up a bit. ~~ Sometimes I use vinegar ~~ There is no "magic" in using vinegar...Just something I picked up back when dinosaurs ruled the earth.
  6. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I use apple cider vinegar & let them sit for about 30 minutes or so, for both sides.  I understand the acid helps to break down the meat to make smoking easier but I am not sure about that.  I only do it because I did it that way when I USED to grill them.  It's an old habit.  I wouldn't use plain vinegar though but the apple works very well.  Hope that helps.
  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now I have heard that vinegar really tenderrizes the meat. Thats why I put it into my spritzing liquid. A little 40 vinegar to 60 apple juice mixture that is.
  8. ldrus

    ldrus Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    i have  splashed mine with  Heinz Gourmet salad vinegar it has a real good taste i use it plain on my salads  ribs were great also  
  9. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    Right - I just use water too - thought maybe vinegar/cider vinegar did something water may not have - hence why I asked. :)

    Thanks for replying!
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2010
  10. ga.rick

    ga.rick Smoke Blower

    thanks guys , yeah caveman thats where i read about using a cider/vinegar mix on a grilling website. those guys were talking 

    about the same things yawl did here, drawing the blood out and making them grill/smoke a little better. they were talking

    a rinse with straight vinegar or a quick soak with a mix.
  11. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I do spritz with an Apple Cider Vinegar and Maker's Mark mixture.
  12. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Let's not forget the bacteria killing powers of vinegar. I often wipe my cutting boards with vinegar, rinsing the ribs is not a bad idea. It's all good my friend.
  13. Now that is something I can get behind!!! Whiskey is fantastic, especially a good bourbon or sour-mash...

    I have recently stumbled across "Big Peat" which is a scotch whiskey. Very, VERY smokey flavour and adds a little kick to the meat. It is a little more expensive (especially here in Canada) but a little will go a long way! Give it a shot, you will not be disappointed!!! 


    Johnny K. 
  14. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You are right about the tenderizing effect of vinegar on meat. Vinegar is a key ingredient for Adobo, which is used to tenderize and flavor meat. Without vinegar, it's just another marinade.
  15. swalker

    swalker Meat Mopper

    Hi Johnny,

       I use 3 parts apple juice and 1 part Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum...I think I will add a little apple cider vinegar to this and see how it does. Have never heard of Big Peat...

  16. Hey swalker,

    I love to use apple juice as well but I have never had any experience using rum in a spritz... I usually use a whiskey of some kind. Does the rum taste come through on the meat? Let me know as I'm very intrigued...


    Johnny K.
  17. swalker

    swalker Meat Mopper

    Hi Johnny,

       Give it a try...Rum is made from I have been it seems to put a good bark on the meat. Give it a try and let me know what you think...I have used it for a long time now. It is just stuff we learn as we go along...Smok'in is great ain't it?

  18. flyweed

    flyweed Smoking Fanatic

    it's the acid in the vinegar that does all the work.  If you want something that gives you the same affect, without a sour taste.....go with pineapple juice...mix a large can of pinapple juice with 1 cup of soysauce, and it's an excellent overnight marinade for ALL things pork..I do my pork chops overnight in it, as well as my Baby Back Ribs.

    Good Stuff.

  19. tnbarbq

    tnbarbq Fire Starter

    The Rendevouz in Memphis uses vinegar on their ribs when pulling them off the grill.  I think they keep the vinegar hot.  They pull the ribs off, sprinkle with rub and mop with vinegar.  When it hits the rub on the ribs, it makes a sauce.
  20. I'm kind of fond of Jameson Irish Whiskey myself......and for a summer treat I mix it with ginger ale and add a wedge of lemon and lime. ahh refreshing!!!!

Share This Page