So i bought a smoker 3 days ago and yesterday i got to eat my first meal out of it.
Did some research on this site and found a rub and a foiling sauce from chef jimmy j, decided on a chip combination and made some 2-2-1 baby back ribs.
And this is how it went.
The smoker a 30" mes i picked up at tractor supply for $150.
about 7 lbs of baby back ribs. Now i was so excited about this whole process i forgot to remove the membreane. They were still good but next time i will remember to remove the membrane. Live and learn.
The ribs coated in mustard and then with chef jimmy j's Mild Bubba Q rub
Wrapped and ready to spend the night. They were in the fridge for about 16 hrs
And finally it was time to do some smoking. Set the smoker to 225 degrees and the show began.
I ended up using a combination of chips. I went 2 parts mesquite and 3 parts apple. I did not soak the chips in water and i didn't put any water in the water pan. I smoked them steady for the first 2 hours.
Wrapped them up in tin foil and added chef jimmy j's foiling sauce. (used kc version with apple cider and honey) and let them cook for 2 more hours
Then slapped them on the rack for the last hour. (i didn't use any smoke for the final hr) i also cooked down the remaining juices which turned into a delicous bbq sauce and applied a nice coat of sauce twice during the final 40 min. And this is what they look like
All in all they came out good. They were a little over cooked in my opinion. they weren't bad but the leftovers i heat up will be dryer than i want them to be. I didn't have a good way of monitering my temperature that will be resolved shortly though with a maverick. I was to desperate to try out the new toy to wait long enough to get every thing else i need.
Lesson's learned from this experience
1) Need to buy a bigger roll of tinfoil (the tinfoil wraps were difficult with the size i had)
2) Need a better way to moniter cooker temp and meat temp (i knew this before i started but as stated above i just couldn't wait to try it)
3) I am not happy with the inconsistent production of smoke so need a cold smoker attachment or an amnps with a mail box mod (all in good time)
4)If chef Jimmy J posts a recipe on this forum you should just buy what you need and make it(amazing next step is to tell him the same)
And last but not least i love smoking and am hooked. This is a great website. This website provided me with the info to make some exceptional ribs for my first time out. Both roommates couldn't get enough. And i can't wait to try the next thing. Thinking maybe some smoked chicken wings with a garlic parm sauce i found on here.