The local market had spare ribs on sale for $1.79/ lb this week, so I thought I'd try my hand at trimming them St. Louis style.
Before Friday the only thing I knew about ribs was that they were delicious. With the help of a few threads here, I was able to come up with a plan and execute.
I guess I didn't get a photo of the slab fresh out of the Cryovac, but here is a trimmed photo. I found the largest bone and made a square cut from there. Then I trimmed the skirt and got as much of the silver skin as I could,
All rubbed and wrapped for an over night rest. I used the "Best Odds" pork rub. I have to say, for as simple as this rub is, it hasn't let me down so far.
I put the ribs on at about noon, as I figured I'd cook them 5 hours in the smoker at 225. I have an analog MES30 so temps as read by my taylor thermometer range between 215 and 230 when I have it set correctly. I should add that this was also the first time I used my AMPS instead of the chip bowl in my MES30. I loaded 2 rows of Pitmaster's Choice pellets and got it rolling. I was very impressed with the TBS it produced! No wonder you guys all use this product! I got the smoker settled in around 230 and put the meat and beans in.
3 hours in,
Here's a close up of the ribs at 5 hours. I took the riblets and skirt out at 4 hours and diced them and mixed them in with the beans.
I am very very happy with the way these ribs turned out. They were moist and juicy and had a nice bite to them.
Thanks for looking!
Can't wait to smoke the second slab in the near future.