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I used Bear's 2.5-2.5-1 method of cooking ribs for the first time today. I prepared the ribs by rinsing and patting dry, scoring the membrane well (my hands don't work well for getting a grip to pull it off.) I rubbed both sides with a combination of sugar in the raw, chili powder, granulated garlic & onion, paprika, kosher salt, black pepper, cumin, thyme. I let them sit in plastic wrap overnight.

On the day of the smoke I set them out to warm up while I got the smoker ready. I smoked with hickory at 230 degrees with apple juice in the water pan for 2.5 hours on the top two racks of my 30" MES. I then put them in foil pans and covered with foil and then cooked for 2.5 hours with 1/2 Cup apple juice in the pans. I then returned them to the racks basted them with BBQ sauce and smoked for another hour.

After this I removed them to a foil pan,covered with foil, wrapped pan in a towel and allowed to rest while I put together a salad. I served them with smoked potato salad. They turned out perfect...fall off the bone just the way I like them.
Thank you Bear for this method. Made a first-timer smoking ribs have a successful outcome.