Yesterday I decided that I was going to smoke some of the back ribs I got at Costco for $2.89 a pound. I made up the rub last night and let it sit int he fridge over night. I then decided to make up some BBQ sauce because I didn't have any in the house and figured "let me try and make my own instead of using some HFC stuff from the store".
I will tell you when I was prepping the ribs, trying to get the membrane off was a nightmare! Outside of the rub and smoke, the ribs certainly had it's fair share of curse words soaked into them! I did the best I could and gave up after a while. I rubbed them down and did the 2-2-1 method. It was pretty windy here today so I was having some trouble getting a steady temp. It was fluctuating between 200-250 all-day. So I felt I had to baby my baby backs a bit more than I would have liked.
After the first 2 hours I foiled them and I sprayed them down with some apple juice. I think I messed up a bit here as I probably could have used more apple juice I think.
The last hour I let them sit back in the smoker with no smoke going and just a steady 250 with my homemade BBQ sauce on them. When they came out of the smoker they looked great and when I cut into them they were nice and tender! Fall off the bone but not the sloppy fall off the bone if that makes any sense.
They tasted great! They didn't have the same smokey flavor as my turkey breast did but that was okay. The flavor was good, and it did look to have a nice smoke ring. I had used hickory wood mixed with a bit of apple. All in all a successful first attempt. My wife said they were very good and compared to her crock pot ribs she makes she thought they were drier but still tender and damn good especially with the BBQ sauce to dip them in. I think more apple juice during the foil stage may have made them come out more moist. Thanks for reading!
First picture was few minutes into eating
Second pic was taken bit later of the leftovers from 5lb of ribs :-)