So I had some guest over this weekend & everyone requested something on the smoker. Wanting to make something everyone was sure to enjoy & not wanting to smoke ALL day & hope it gets done in a timely fashion. I thought how about ribs. Of course might as well throw on some ABTS & been wanting to some pork shots. I recently purchased a new WSM 18.5 had it filled top & bottom so I had to fire up the back up smoker. This is where things went in different directions? Here the pics!
Rubbed, rested, & ready!
Two hours later getting ready to wrap. Here's where I should of noticed? The ones on top have ALOT of pull back & the ones on bottom on the back-up smoker are not even close? I thought the foil would bring them closer together when done, but after 1.5 hours in foil the ones on top where SO done they almost fell apart when I touched them ( too done IMHO )
I wrapped in foil & kept them warm until the others were done. Here's how they looked. Long story short the ones in the WSM where falling apart, yet they were EVERY ONES favorite? Even my wife said they were my best. I didn't care for them that much? The others were way too tuff. I had to put the other racks back in foil & in the smoker hoping they might braise just a little before we were out of food. Again this is where I should of had a clue!! One hour more in foil with apple juice & STILL tuff!! It took the oven & TWO more hours before they were tender enough? I guessing it must be time to calibrate BOTH smokers! The WSM were OVER done in 3.5 hours & the ones in the back-up smoker took 7.5 hours??
Now onto the sides
ABTS, some with Jalapenos & some with mini bells
Pork Shots ( sorry for the blurry pic ) These had just 50/50 rub & turbinado sugar. Again another fail?
They looked OK but I couldn't seem to get the sugar to break down? It stayed crystallized the whole time? Weird?
So these where my first pork shots & again everyone said they were good, BUT THEY LIE!!
I couldn't wait to try one & the first thing I thought was how incredibily DRY they were? Tried one more & this time looked at the bottom. They were as close to burnt as you could get? Same with the ABTS? I think everyone was just being nice cause they were not good in anyway!!! So I don't know if this is another little learning curve with the WSM & if the gage is off? The tops never looked done on any of the shots or turds, but almost burnt on bottom.
So that's my rib fail & I will chalk this up to a learning experience & the good news is I'm gonna have to try again this weekend till I figure out whats going on! Either way I still ate the ribs!!