Hey everyone! Just did some beef ribs and some bacon wrapped chicken appetizers Saturday. I thought we were going to have company after dinner so I figured I would whip up some of the appetizers to have for company. They cancelled, but no biggie as that left all the apps for me and the wife! (Luckily my boys are too young to appreciate anything other than corn dogs and cheese balls!) The beef ribs were a tad disappointing. Don't get me wrong, they tasted great. Just not a lot of meat. I usually enjoy beef ribs and have had good luck with them in the past, even though I know that short ribs or country style ribs generally have more meat. These were just a bad rack. A LOT of fat underneath the ribs and throughout the meat. Good price on them, but was still disappointing. My chicken bites turned out great though, so that is a good thing. I still have my first Buckboard Bacon curing in the fridge and will be able to smoke that up next weekend. I am really looking forward to that!! I did use my own rub on the ribs and chicken. I like Jeff's, but it is too sweet for me. I like one I have in a cookbook from Steven Raichlen, but it is too salty. So I go a little in between. Nothing too revolutionary here, but I figured I would share. Take it, try it, change it to your tastes. Thats what I think we all are here for. To learn and share.
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar*
1/2 cup paprika**
5 Tbsp black pepper
5 Tbsp Kosher Salt
2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
2 Tbsp Onion Powder
1 Tbsp Celery Seed
2 tsp Cayenne pepper
Mix and enjoy!
*you can use light brown, but I don't buy it as dark brown makes chewier cookies and who doesn't love a chewy chocolate chip cookie!
**I generally use sweet, but I have used hot paprika, I just leave out the cayenne.
Here's the Qview I promised. My photography isn't that great. I am trying. Hopefully someday I will be banner worthy!
Ready to be rubbed!
Rubbed with yellow mustard and my rub
Smoked with my MES 40 and my AMNPS with a mix of oak, cherry, maple and hickory at 230 degrees for about 4 hours. Not much meat as I said so I didn't have them in for a long time.
They were good and juicy, just not what I am used to.
Here are the chicken bites wrapped up and ready to go!
Only had colored toothpicks. WIll have to get regular toothpicks as these left a little color on the chicken. Not a big deal since our company canceled, but I will definately get regular ones for next time.
Smoked these at the same time as the ribs, just higher up. Only took them about 2 and a half hours.
And the money shot!
Thanks for looking!