Decided to go with some ribs today after quite a few tri tip smokes in a row. Needed to mix it up and get some spares rocking. Using KBB and mixture of pecan and apple.
This is my oldest son. He actually asked me if he could help without me having to ask him! Huh??? I gladly accepted his help and proceed to show him how to make a fire in the chimney. From there we prepared the ribs and got the temp on the smoker dialed in. Once I felt he had a grasp of the concept, and after a super quick training, his mom and I actually left for 3 hours. He did a great job maintaining a temp while we were gone but he did get a little excited and added way too many chunks of wood so I'm hoping I don't end up with a bitter taste since the smoke was not looking good when we got home. Regardless, I'm super proud of him. He kept the temp between 220 and 250 - not bad for a first time 12 year old. All we seem to do together lately is sports so this was fun change for us. Even if these ribs don't turn out as the best tasting I know they'll be one of the most remembered.
Had to cut one rack in half since it was quite a bit too long for the 18.5 WSM. Good looking smoke though!
We decided to foil. I'm a bit worried about possibly having a bitter smoke flavor and we want them to cook fast so we are going with foil (thinking the apple juice and confined foil wrap might reduce any possible bitterness.) Last 3 ribs I haven't wrapped, and like them that way, but wrapping is fine as well.
Back on for 1.5 hours
Unwrapped and back in the smoker for a 1/2 hour
All done! These turned out so good thanks to family teamwork. Awesome flavor and perfect tenderness and zero sign of over-smoking. First word out of my kids mouth was "amazing" then proceeded to say "best ribs I've ever had." I'm figuring the effort he put into this as well made them just that much better.
All cut up. Layers of awesomeness x 10...
We will enjoy these tonight!
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