I posted earlier this week wondering if anyone would like to see a side by side cook gas vs coal/stick. So here it is, the entire cook posted with end results. This is not my competition style this is just an at home experiment and dinner for my family and some friends. Please feel free to share ideas or ask any questions along the way but do not post negative or tell me i dont know what i'm doing, i win ribbons on ribs but like i said suggestions are welcome. This is also a thread for people new to smoking meat that would like to learn about ribs so please no question is a dumb one. So here it goes guys!
To start and to also make this experiment even more interesting i bought ribs from two suppliers, one rack from a local butcher and one from a supermarket. Both racks are St. Louis style but i still had to so some minor trimming and remove membrane. Keep in mind this is not for competition so i just did a quick and easy trim.
This is the butchers cut before trimming and membrane removal
This is the supermarket
The membrane removal of the supermarket
Now the butcher, notice how much better the trimming and quality job the butcher did.
Now I did a mustard slather that is very simple, i got this one out of "the baron of bbq's" book i picked up on sale. does a very good job. some poeple don't use the mustard but i feel that once everything sets up it makes a flavor "paste" that sticks well and helps break down into the meat.
This seasoning i used is very complex but it is well worth the time and money if you are using it for comp. it will make the difference when it comes time to hear the names called at the end.I put a good heavy even coating on both racks
Next step is to wrap in plastic wrap and let it set up for at least 3 hours in the fridge
Next while i waited and checked my new et-73, it was spot on.
Next i cleaned the smokers and lit the coals
took the ribs out after they sat in the fridge and wow do they look good
Next a give one last light coating
Now i placed in the smoker both with apple wood and around 225. I prefer to use these racks just for sanitary reasons. i can pull these things out and put in the dish washer and know they are clean everytime plus it makes it easy to take in and out.
After 1 hour i start spritzing with a simple mixture of apple juices and cider vinegar. then every 30 after that