Rain, Wind, and Ribs: Baby Backs with QView

Discussion in 'Pork' started by ravanelli, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. ravanelli

    ravanelli Fire Starter

    Sunday I decided to try some baby backs and threw on some beef ribs just to experiment.  The weather here in Portland was terrible, I have a covered patio but the wind drove the rain sideways so I had to really work to keep everything dry. I’m using a Horizon 16” offset which provides a great smoke ring and flavor but the conditions really made airflow/temperature adjustment tricky.

    I went with a 2-2-1 method and used cherry wood at the start, and nectarine wood at the end…not that my palette can tell the difference but it’s cool to say “I finished this with nectarine wood!”  The racks I got were very long so I cut them in half.  I doubt this is allowed by the purists but my thinking was that I could more easily shift them around for even smoking, and it did make the foiling process go smooth. 

    If I learned one thing, it’s that we prefer the spares over baby backs, and I’m reading that from a lot of you in the forum.  There’s just more flavor and tenderness it seems.  BTW any tips on how to reheat the (noticeably small amount) of leftovers?  I don’t have a microwave so I was thinking of just warming them in the oven broiler.     

    My QView wasn’t great this time around, we had company over to enjoy the bounty and my photographer was busy being a good host, but here’s a quick peek.      

    Two very large racks, halved for convenience.


    Rubbed and ready to go


    After I took the foil off.  Smoke really blowing every which way.


    5 hours later...



    This is actually one of the beef ribs...they came out pretty good!


    Thanks for stopping in!
  2. rp ribking

    rp ribking Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Rava, Spares and Beef ribs looks mighty tastee, If I had my pick, I'd take the beef rib for dinner tonight. 1 Question, why not lay the ribs with the smoker longways?

    Nice job!!!
  3. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    Thats some great looking Q you have there bet it was tasty. nice job[​IMG]
  4. how bout a high res shot of that last pic so I can use it as a desktop? lol Looks awesome!
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Excellent job!!  [​IMG]
  6. ravanelli

    ravanelli Fire Starter

    Good question RibKing.  Originally I was going to use my rib rack and have them all standing up length wise, but I chickened out and laid them flat, which means 4 racks wouldn't quite fit.  So I had 3 racks longwise, then one rack top to bottom and the beefies top to bottom closest to the firebox on the right.  I rotated them all each hour to hopefully even things out.  There definitely was some inconsistency amongst the four racks, but all things considered I'm happy.         
  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now thoses are some fine looking ribs there
  8. jakerz66

    jakerz66 Smoke Blower

    Nice job on the ribs they look good
  9. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I reheat with steam.  You can use  rice steamer or take a pot of water and put the colander over it
  10. ravanelli

    ravanelli Fire Starter

    Thanks for the tip, I steamed 'em up tonight and they tasted great!
  11. Those ribs look great...i really have to try some beef ribs sometime.[​IMG]
  12. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks great! Thanks 4da Q-view.
  13. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    You did a great job...
  14. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great Looking Ribs... Nice Job...
  15. Those ribs look great! I want to do a batch of beef ribs soon. [​IMG]
  16. blacksmoke

    blacksmoke Newbie

    Man, they look good. I'm not use to beef ribs being that meaty
  17. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Little late getting here....nice looking chow and some meaty beef ribs. Hear ya on the wind and rain. I'm down here in Albany, Or. and gave up on a smoke last week due to just terrible conditions.....threw the marinated chicken in the oven for dinner. Congrats on making the banner...
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2011
  18. ugaboz

    ugaboz Smoking Fanatic

    look great
  19. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

    Yep, up here in the PNW, if you don't smoke in the rain you won't smoke much!  That looks perfect!   [​IMG]    I was grilling steaks in last Sat. night downpour, rigged thg umbrella on the gutter and wore the bike helmet with the light on to see what I was doing.  Cheers!
  20. I'll take ribs any way I can get em! All of yours looked great man!

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