Rubbed ribs: basting also or no?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by eaglewing, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Doing spare ribs...'grilling' them and the boys from also use a basting (Mop & Dipping) sauce and baste several times during the cook....

    Smoking them, the only time you add any baste is during the #2 foil in the 3-2-1 method?
    One says apple juice, pinkmeat used much do you soak the ribs during this #2 proccess??

    Does anyone use BBQ sauce at this time??? or at least that runny 'mop & dip' sauce the BBQ boys do?

    Or save the 'mop & dipping' sauce for the last #3 step?

    I'm doing 2 racks tomorrow (SUN) so maybe I'll do 2 different things to each and experiment...

    And does anyone use the MUSTARD first then RUB method for rubbing?
  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Typically, you add a bit of yer liquid to the foiled ribs and leave 'em alone till unfoil. I mop them with my mop sauce after the rub has "set". right thru to foil...if I DID foil, which I don't always do. Depends on the ribs.

    Never sauce...typically too much sugar and it will burn. The mop or whatever sure... as long as the sugar content is low.
    Or even the BBQ sauce, if ya desire... LATE in step 3.
    I ALWAYS rub with mustard, as many here do. You will find with experience the 3-2-1 is a guideline, not an absolute. As you gain expertise, you'll be able to "feel and look" and know when these steps should be done.

    Good luck and good smokes!
  3. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    THNX Richtee....good stuff.
    That pretty much tells me what I needed.

    I'm sure I'll have plenty of PICs tomorrow...
  4. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    BTW... rub is not "rubbed" on... kinda a misnomer's sprinkled and perhaps patted...
  5. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    RGR that....I didn't like when I saw those BBQ boys working it in and making a MESS of the I pretty much was going to do just as you said.
  6. husker-q

    husker-q Smoke Blower

    about 1/2 hr before I take 'em off - I like to give them a brush of 1/2 honey and 1/2 BBQ sauce.

    Obviously - I like them sweet! Gives them a great appearance too!

    good luck
  7. tims77

    tims77 Fire Starter

    i spritz them regularly during the 3-hour smoke.....usually apple juice/vinegar/water/bourbon, occasionally dr. pepper....pretty much every time i open the door to add more wood, etc.....say twice an hour?

    bought a cheap spray bottle from home depot....

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