We were going through the freezer yesterday & came across a rack of BB's. They had been in there for a couple of months. We didn't have anything planned for dinner, so I thawed them out. Around here everyone likes fall off the bone ribs, so I decided to make the best fall off the bone ribs ever. The rack we had was quite thick, actually about the thickness of most spares we have bought. So I thought 3-2-1. Since I was changing the way I usually smoke ribs, why not change the whole process as well. I fired up the WSM, unwrapped the ribs, & rinsed them off. This is where it started to change from what I always do. No mustard or rub, just a little salt & CBP. I cut the rack into 2 pieces, because one end was a little thinner than the other, and since the WSM runs a little hotter toward the outside edge I put the thinner piece in the middle & the thicker piece toward the outside. Set the smoker to run at 210. I then made a mop sauce consisting of 1 cup apple juice & 1 cup of Jeff's BBQ sauce. Never mopped before. For the first 3 hours I mopped the ribs every hour. Then foiled them with a little dark beer for the next 2 hours. Then back on the grate for the last hour, mopping every 20 minutes. These were hands down the best ribs I have ever eaten, even Judy who is my toughest critic said the same thing. I have been finding out lately that I have been getting carried away with rubs, marinades, injections, etc. These ribs were really full of flavor. You could taste the pork & smoke flavor, with out it being overpowered with seasoning. They were very juicy & tender, and had a nice bark on them. When I went to cut them they started to fall apart because I had to saw through the bark. I would never call anything I smoked perfect, but I now know these will be my signature ribs from now on.
Here's a look at what we did. This is where it started:
Cut in half & ready for seasoning:
Just a little salt & pepper:
Here they are fresh out of the smoker:
Here's another angle:
You can see I had trouble cutting them up, maybe the Johnny Walker had something to do with that:
This was really crazy. We never got around to putting them on a plate. We just stood at the cutting board & couldn't stop eating. I put the camera down & a couple of minutes later. This was all that was left. I took a quick photo and then we finished them up, still standing at the cutting board.
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