Well this morning I got started early, as we're looking to have ribs for lunch. It's 35 degrees here in Chicagoland but dry today after a couple of days of cold rain.
First I removed the membranes & got my rub on-
Then I got my wood ready. Last time I used hickory (which I had no problem with), but his time I'm trying a combination of apple & cherry.
Got my smoker up to temp (this time I'm going for 250 degrees, where last time I did 225).
Cut my two racks in half & popped them in. Notice no water (or anything else) in the bowl other than foil (last time I used water).
I'm hoping to take them about 3.5-4 hours & giving them the bend/toothpick test. As long as they're close at that point, my plan is to sauce them up with my homemade sauce & try to go another hour. The sauce for today is kind of a Memphis-style. I'm going with no foil wrapping today to compare taste, tenderness, exterior bark, temperature & time with the foiled, 3-2-1 ribs I did last time. I'm also making some baked beans to go with.
The backyard is starting to smell nice. It's on.