Quite a few years ago my wife called me from Costco telling me to bring the truck - she had purchased a Traeger Lil' Tex, and I needed to pick it up. At that time I'd not even heard of a pellet grill, but when the wife demands, I comply. At first I thought it was a great cooker, but after I purchased a GMG DC, I realized that temperature control can be much better, so because the Traeger 25 degree temperature swings were disappointing, so I installed a PID, which made it a much better cooker.
Snapshot forward to a month ago, I helped my son purchase his first pellet cooker - GMG Daniel Boone. He's been cooking on it nearly every day since, and he is now a confirmed pellethead, just like his old man. He did his first ribs - pre-seasoned St. Louis style and told me they were fantastic - even his friends told him so.
A weekend or so ago I did spares, cutting St. Louis style. I like to trim the thin flap to season and snack on while the ribs are cooking. The sternum and ribs were cooked modified 3-2-1, and I took out the thin trimmings to keep our mouths satisfied until the main show.
Ribs and trimmings on the Traeger - everything was rubbed with Bad Byrons (I don't use sugar rubs for the initial cook) overnight, then into the Traeger @ 225 degrees
After 3 hours using cherry pellets, into foil with brown sugar, honey, and butter - meat side down
Into the house oven at 225 degrees for two hours, then shut the oven off and let rest in the cooling oven for the next hour. These ribs are ready to cut.
The look on my son's face was priceless when he took his first bite. "Dang dad, I thought my ribs were good!" He admitted that he took the shortcut time wise and that his ribs were a bit tough on the bite, and vowed to do it right the next time.
Interestingly, the prior weekend his brother was cooking a prime brisket on a GMG Davy Crockett, I was doing a pork butt on the SRG, and my youngest was doing his St. Louis ribs. Without knowing what any of us was doing for Memorial day, each of us were cooking on a pellet cooker.
As a dad, it was a perfect couple of weekends, and has created a new way of bonding between us all.