Because of the cold and terrible weather, I've been itching to get outside and do some smoking. So, I decided to have one of my best friends over for dinner tonight and picked up a two pack of spare ribs (6# each) and trimmed them into St. Louis cut so they'd fit more easily into my Smokey Mountain propane smoker. So last night I covered in some brown mustard and applied the rub.
This morning around 9am I figured I'd fire up the smoker and get them ready to go in. I went out to my shed and went to fire it up but low and behold! The regulator had frozen up and wasn't feeding into the burner. So I trudge back into the house and down into the basement where I keep my portable propane heater I had purchased from Tractor Supply Company and I brought it out into the shed. I hit the ignition button a few times only to find out the cylinder was empty............FML! Luckily enough I had a couple extras that were down in the basement, so down I went to fetch them. I got the heater turned on and let it sit with the shed doors closed for about a half hour. By this time it was 9:45 and I went out to check and see if everything had defrosted and still no luck. WELL, I have a oil electric heater I can plug into an outlet in the shed but where is it? Down in the basement lol. After getting both the electric and portable propane heater going the burner fires up in my smoker and I'm finally on my way. HOPEFULLY, this is the end of my headaches and everything else goes smoothly.......
So I'm watching the temps on my Ivation wireless thermometer and the temp in the smoker is climbing suuuuuuppppeeeerrrrrr ssssslllllooooowwwwwwwww. After about another 30 minutes it finally reached 275 so I threw the ribs in and hopefully all goes well.
I'm estimating the racks to take about 5-6 hours, which will put me right around 5:30-6:00pm EST and in time for dinner. The plan is to pull them at 3:30-4:00 and throw them in foil with some honey and apple juice and let them ride it out until it's dinner time!
I hope everyone else has had more luck than myself this beautiful Saturday and I hope y'all enjoy the weekend!
I'll be sure to get some pics when I pull them from the foil, but here's some before pics to get ya'll interested!