Evidently I hurt my back assembling my new MES 40 that arrived Friday. My wimpy muscles aren't used to lugging 70# around from the front porch to the back yard, let alone flipping and lifting same. Back spasms started the next day and got worse and worse until I ended up in the ER on Monday. Doc put me on Valium and no work for the next couple of days until the spasms go away. Now I'm stuck at home with a lot of time on my hands, no car (it's still at my dad's house where it ended up during my 6-hr ER visit), and no meat to smoke. Lo and behold, I get an email from a service called Instacart offering free delivery on my first order of groceries delivered to my home. I kept thinking about the smoker sitting outside with nothing in it and the fact that I have all day with nothing to do and I couldn't resist. I ordered a couple of racks of baby backs and a couple of chickens. Meat was delivered from HEB within the hour, the price of the service was incredibly reasonable, and now the ribs are all seasoned and headed for the smoker. This is my first try at ribs so I'm starting off with the 3-2-1 method to see what that's about. Hoping the Valium doesn't interfere with the cooking process but I won't put money on it.
Here's a pic of the racks headed for the smoker. Used yellow mustard as glue for the rub, using apple cider vinegar in the water tray. Using hickory for smoke as I don't have any apple which would probably be better. Will post more pics as my first attempt continues. Any hints, tips, advice are so very welcome as I'm really new to this.