What is the apple juice for in smoking ribs?

Discussion in 'Beef' started by johncoby, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. johncoby

    johncoby Newbie

    I have see the 3-2-1 method of cooking ribs. It calls to splash the ribs with apple juice and wrap with foil for 2 hours.

    What does the apple juice do? Can I use other juices?
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    The apple juice is the moisture the ribs will use to kinda baste themselves while in the foil. I think you could use a different juice but you may get a different flavor with it
  3. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  4. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Cranberry might be good. Think I'll try that next time.
  5. I use 2 parts apple juice to 1 part beer. Put in the fridge over night, with onion slices, smashed garlic cloves, whole jalapenos, and black peppercorns to soak. Next day when I smoke then foil, use to braise.
    After they're done, drain the juices from the foil, and mix in to my BBQ sauce.
    DON'T WASTE THE JUICE!!!!! Especially after pulling apart a butt. Mix the juice with vinegar from pickled jalapenos, and use as a finishing sauce for pulled pork.
  6. graybeard

    graybeard Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Apple juice to pork is like cake is to ice cream! Apple juice really compliments the Pork flavor.

  7. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    with this apple juice smoke-it's time to play-smokin is fun
  8. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've used apple, cherry and orange all with good success, and different effect! It's good to experiment, I usually play with only one variable at a time though, to try to keep track of the results.
  9. nomorecoop

    nomorecoop Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Apple juice & Jack Daniels works great!

    So does apple juice & Jim Beam!!
  10. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    And apple juice and Makers Mark [​IMG]
  11. earache_my_eye

    earache_my_eye Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Or apple juice and Captain Morgan......[​IMG]

    Guinness Draught is very interesting with brisket, too...[​IMG]
  12. smoking gun

    smoking gun Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I knew there had to be something Jack Daniels was good for. [​IMG]

    I'll save the beam for drinking. [​IMG]
  13. I like apple juice and rum. If I don't have rum I use beer.
  14. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I spritz with apple juice when ribs sweat, as well as braise.If you like sticky sweet add honey and sugar to foil pouch.
  15. nomorecoop

    nomorecoop Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    You & me both. People keep giving me fifths of JD as gifts (cause I like to drink). Little do they know that most of the JD goes to spritzing meat.

    Can't beat Jim Beam for drinking. Course Early Times & coke is my fav.
  16. mikeh

    mikeh Smoke Blower

    The last time I smoked ribs, I used a combination of Dr Pepper, apple juice, rum, and some apple cide vinegar for my braising fluid and it came out great. I had read about the Dr Pepper on here awhile back and decided to try it.

  17. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I like using Pineapple Orange Juice.

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