First CSRs; Blueberry-Cherry

Discussion in 'Pork' started by dukeburger, Nov 21, 2015.

  1. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Where have these been all my life??

    I've seen several posts on CSR's so I had to give it a go, so I grabbed a pack on Thursday, did a bit of research and they look like they're from the loin.

    I've been on a fruit rub kick lately (Thanks Eric) and decided to give his Blueberry-Cherry Rub a try.

    Started off by dehydrating some frozen blueberries and red bell peppers in my Big Chief. This took a while. Once they were dry it was time to grind them down and mix the rub.

    Once the rub was ready, I took the CSRs out of the fridge, rinsed off, splashed some apple cider vinigar on them and applied the rub. Set in the fridge while WSM heated up.

    Put CSRs in WSM at 220*F and smoked with apple until 140F* IT. At 140*F, I mixed up a blueberry/butter mix and brushed the CSRs and smoked until done at 150*F IT.

    I didn't want to hide the dry rub on these, so they were left unsauced. Turns out they didn't need any sauce, these were tender, juicy and downright delicious. Will be doing these again.

    This rub is amazing also. If you have a dehydrator and a coffee grinder and haven't tried this rub, I highly recommend it, it's a nice change of pace from the sugar based rubs.

    Thanks for looking [​IMG]

    Dried tart cherry after grinding

    Blueberry dust!

    Rub all mixed

    Rub applied and started turning blue when it got wet, was kind of fun to watch.

    Smoke time

    140*F IT before blueberry-butter mix

    Blueberry butter melted quick


  2. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Those look great! You can make pork burnt ends with csr's.
  3. c farmer

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

    Hey Duke. POINTS.

    You perfected them on your first try.

    Looks great
  4. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice job Duke, I need to try the berries & peppers in the rubs... Sounds real interesting ! Could I ask what the flavor profile is after putting in the dried & ground up berries & peppers ? I assume you mix your own rub ? Whatever it is, sure looks tasty man ! Ya knocked that smoke outta the park ! Thumbs Up
  5. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    Burnt ends...[​IMG]. I've seen that mentioned in a thread or two. Do you need the shoulder pieces or can it be done with both?
    Thanks Adam. Appreciate it!
    Thanks WHB!

    The rub was slightly sweet with a bit of kick on the back end from the black and white pepper. The blueberries offer a hint of deep richness that's kind of tough to put into words. I'm looking forward to trying this with spares or maybe even on my next butt.

    I've been spending most of the week drying out berries and peppers in my Big Chief. Hoping Santa puts a dehydrator under the tree this year as I'm really starting to enjoy trying new things with rubs!
  6. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'm sure you could do with either but more fat would most likely turn out better. I've done them from Csr's not sure what cut they were and a butt and they both seemed tasty!
  7. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Wow! I just did my first CSRs tonight too. They were loin CSRs too and I cooked them in my WSM as well. Yours looks great! Seemed to have a nicer looking bark than mine. This is a really great cut. Kind of like a juicy, tender pork steak on a bone. POINTS!!
  8. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've tried burnt ends with a small pork shoulder. They were deadly.
    Thanks! Appreciate it and the points!
  9. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Huh...never saw or heard of loin-cut CSRs before, that I recall. I've always had the shoulder-cut...good eats, none-the-less. We learn something new every day...I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for those loin-cut CSRs.

    Duke, sorry you got all turned around on dry rubs with red bells, cherries and blueberries...(don't forget the apples...LOL!!!)...drying your own for powders...yeah, it's a done deal...I knew that as soon as found out. OK, so, let me correct myself by saying: I'm not sorry, 'cuz your gonna love the journey you just started...enjoy the ride and every creation it brings from your smoker to the plate!!!

    You make me proud when I see smokes like this...please, feel free to continue!!!

    Now, that blueberry-butter, that just seems so right. Kick in some extra richness and another dose of blueberry. I can only imagine how good that is, until I try it, myself. BTW, that money-shot is KILLER!!! Oozing juices out, just begging to be chewed on...[​IMG]

  10. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    DB that is an amazing looking first time smoking CSRs , they are my favorite ribs.I do mine like regular ribs.Thanks for sharing


  11. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Loin cut CSRs are my favorite ribs. You have now taken CSRs to the next level!!!!!


    I have no idea when or where I'm going to find all the ingredients for the rub (I don't have a dehydrator) but I am now on a quest.

    Thanks for the inspiration and thanks to Eric for the rub.


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