Just bought the AMNPS for my MES 30 and decided to try a rack of SLC ribs last week. I am a novice smoker and have been trying to tweak my cooking times and temps to produce tender, yet, not fall-off-the-bone ribs.
This was straight out of the cryovac (after rinsing and patting dry). The best looking SLC ribs I’ve bought from Swift Premium at my local Food Lion. I trimmed the skirt and removed the membrane.
My “tools of the trade” for my rub.
Just a tiny bit of mustard to act as a binder.
Right after I patted the rub in.
This is after the rub had set for about 30 minutes. The EAT Barbecue “Zero to Hero” rub from Rod Gray of Pellet Envy really produces a nice color.
The AMNPS fired up like a champ! I had TBS (thin blue smoke) almost immediately and it lasted for hours! I set the MES to 230 and put the ribs in for 3 hours. (Don’t mind the Pampers “drip mat”. I have plenty of those boxes laying around with a 20 month old in the house!)
After 3 hours, I wrapped them in foil with butter, brown sugar, and honey. I put them back in the smoker for 2 hours and bumped the heat up to 250.
After I pulled them out of the foil, the bones were so loose, they almost fell out. I wanted to firm them up a bit, so I put them back in the MES for about 30 minutes at 275. I brought them in and sauced them. However, most of them were still really tough. Only 2 ribs I tried were decently tender. I know that you’re supposed to put ribs back in the smoker after being foiled to firm them up a bit, but it seems like the tenderization process almost reversed on me! Any suggestions? Thanks!