So here's my question : do you marinate your ribs?
Pos? Cons? Experiences or opinions?
Edited by Hambone1950 - 8/18/13 at 4:24pm
I have never tried marinating ribs myself. Today is my second batch of ribs in the MES ever. First time I didn't have an Amazen Pellet smoker and the creosote taste was so horrible. I am hoping that todays batch will turn out much better. I have stuck with the traditional mustard and rub in the fridge over night (technically marinating???? I'm not sure). I will be keeping an eye on this thread as well!!!
Well, I guess you could consider what I do a marinade...technically!
I apply rub to the ribs the night before the smoke and wrap them in plastic wrap and foil. When you unwrap them to put them on the smoker they are covered in a lovely pasty liquid that was rub and is now marinade! Whaddaya think?
I've marinated them in apple juice with a little vinegar and the rub I was going to use. It was ok. Personally though I just put the rub on, wrap them and throw them in the fridge overnight.
I also wrap after 2-3 hours of cooking, with some apples juice, brown sugar, more rub, etc. So I think I get a lot of the same flavor from that as marinating. To me ribs are generally thin enough that each bite has a pretty decent ratio of bark to meat, and get a lot of flavor from that. Some thicker cuts like chops/loins/brisket/pp/shoulder I get marinating or injecting more. But again just my opinon the way I do ribs I don't think I gain much marinating. But I'm pretty much a newbie myself.
I marinate my ribs, I think it makes the best ribs going. I use Cider Vinegar, Apple Juice and vegetable oil and whatever spice I have or can think of. I put that in the fridge for about 36 hours, overhaul the ribs every 12 hours while I am marinating them. I then take them out of the Marinade, wash them off, dry them off and apply Honey and whatever rub I am using at that time. Then back into the fridge, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap. The next morning, into the smoker for the 3 - 2 - 1 method @ 225. We had our local ribfest about 2 weeks ago, and I made some this same weekend, the people who went to the ribfest and had mine, said mine were much better.