I archived Jeff's very explicit directions for smoking baby back ribs using his coffee brine recently and am applying them with a couple variations this morning. Since I only have spareribs I bought yesterday I'll be going with 3-2-1 instead of 2-2-1. And I'm using a rub I mixed up for my first rack of ribs a couple months ago. It's time to order Jeff's recipe. But until then I'll use what I've got.
It's just over 20 degrees F on the deck with a light mix of snow and rain coming down. Happily for me, the deck is covered, and I'm counting on the insulation in my MES 30 to do its job. The brine soak has another three hours to go, but I'll "fire" up the smoker in a couple more hours.
I really can't thank Jeff enough for his helpful teach. My first ribs weren't bad, but I made mistakes Had trouble with the wood chips not working because I'd soaked them. I hadn't learned how to better control the temp in the smoker. The whole exercise was sloppy. But today, if the smoker can do a reasonable job of maintaining 225 or so, I think tonight's dinner of ribs, beans and slaw is going to be pretty darned good.
I'd like to put in some pictures, but even though I've done it once or twice, it's taking forever because I haven't quite figured out the new android combined with this fairly new computer. So we'll just see how that goes.
Along with the ribs I picked up a small corned beef brisket yesterday at WM and am looking forward to some homemade pastrami next.
GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND OUR VETS!!!