So I saw these things called riblets in a local grocery store and had to buy them. They were about $1.50 a lb for a 3 lb package. I got home and did my research on this forum. After cutting them into 10" sections and removing the silver strip, I applied mustard and coated with Jeff's rub from his cookbook. Into smoker at 225 with 4 oz of apple chunks. I kept on eye on smoker temp with Maverick but obviously couldn't check the meat (I have subsequently obtained a thermapen, so next time I will). At 2 hours I pulled them out and put them in a pan wrapped in foil. I added a bit of apple cider to the bottom of the pan. 2 hours later, pulled them out and added some bbq sauce. Wow. These are amazing and were intended as a appetizer but everyone ate every single piece, wanting more. So easy too.
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From what I understand, the riblets are trimmed from ribs, not sure if bback or spare, to make them look good. Sounds like a lot of work at home unless you have a meat cutting band saw. I can only find them at a small local grocer, not a chain. They said around here people put them in with collards. I like my way better