Hadn't used the smoker in a while, it was getting lonely without me:
Smoked 3 racks of babybacks that I got from Costco (they sell pre-packaged 3 in a pack). I had them in the freezer since last June. Thawed them out over a couple of days in the refrig, then used Jeff's rub on all 3 (first time trying that), wrapped 'em up and let 'em sit in the refrig for a day or so).
Rub on, ready to wrap:
Smoker's all fired up, ready to go. Planned to use the 2-2-1 method, my wife was complaining that past smokes didn't produce the "fall of the bone" thing. Although seems to me they were pretty damn good:
After 1 hour, gave them a quick spritz with apple juice:
After 2 hours, time to foil. Sprayed em again with apple juice and added another splash or 2 to the foil package. Note how 1 of the racks is smaller than the other 2:
After the 2 hours in foil, took em out. Brushed the smaller rack with the BBQ sauce I made from some recipe I found on here (usually I don't use sauce or foil), left the 2 bigger racks as-is, smoked for an hour more. Here's what they looked like after that:
Wrapped in foil for maybe 20 minutes, then cut em up and put em on plates:
Now for the not so good news, I really wasn't crazy about them. Neither was my wife (they definitely weren't fall-off-the-bone which is what she wanted). Some of those bigger ones just weren't all that tender. The smaller ones, without the thick hunks of meat on them, especially the ones I sauced for the last hours, were pretty darn good though. I wish I knew where I went wrong. I've made ribs several times before, always came out more tender than there. And I've smoked salmon, turkey, chicken, etc. all with great results. Anyway, Sunday was really windy and and it was a bit of a struggle to get the temp steady, but I did keep it to around 230 most of the time. I use a Maverick remote thermometer. In the past, that thing was almost exactly the same as the door thermometer, this time the Maverick was was 15-20 higher, it was weird. I had no 3rd thermometer to compare it with, so maybe the overall temp was too low? Who knows.
As people say -- try and try and try again, right??!!