My wife volunteered me to smoke some ribs for her family's Christmas get-together on Christmas Eve. I was told her cousin had some ribs that she wouldn't use, and wanted to donate for our feast. It turns out I am looking at an assortment of over 47 pounds of both beef and pork ribs.
I am using my MES, and after seeing how much I have to deal with, I decided I am going to be finishing these in the oven after a 4-5 hour smoke. It will help, too, that I plan on warming them up down on the farm Wednesday morning.
And I was concerned that not everyone (like some of the kids) would enjoy ribs, so I suggested (in a moment of higher-than-normal-stupidity) that I also smoke a turkey that we had in the freezer. So I will also be brining and smoking a 14-lb bird. I don't look forward to getting much sleep from early Tuesday morning through some time early Wednesday.
The bird of honor.
Any tips on saving time without sacrificing deliciousness would be greatly appreciated.