Here we go again.
I smoked ribs at my son's house a few weeks ago with fantastic results.
So yesterday, I'm talking it up with my wife, convincing her that I am a pitmaster now (in my own mind).
Did everything the same as last time.
I left the back 'membrane' on the ribs to keep moisture in (well it worked the last time).
Smoked them at 225 to 240 for 2 hours.
Then wrapped in foil with 4 ounces of apple juice in each foil wrapping.
Each rib was wrapped individually.
Left in foil for 2 hours.
Bones looked pulled back so I took them out,
I cut off 2 bones for a taste test.
Fall of the bone, just like we like them!!!
Then I screwed the whole thing up. Again.
I put them back on in the smoker, slathered the meat side with sauce.
I left them in to - as you say - firm up the meat.
I swear, I left them in for no more than 20/25 minutes.
Even as I was removing them I knew i had ruined them.
To exaggerate a little, they were very hard.
But I had just tested 2 of them no more than half an hour ago.
And now, they have sauce on them.
The back 'skin/membrane' was so hard and thick, it was impossible to pull the bones apart.
And the meat did not pull off the bone clean.
I wish I knew what I was doing wrong.
I have a feeling that I'm overthinking this whole thing, making it more like a science experiement than cooking.
I follow every step to the letter, I read all the posts, and I always say "ok, now I know what to do!".
Then, I buy another $40 or $50 piece of meat and get amature results (probably because I am one!)
I've got a brisket on right now, cooking it two ways (in a pan with liquid, and on the grill).
I started it at 6am today so I've got plenty of time.
My questions for today are:
Is it too late to take the remaining ribs out of the fridge and put them back in the smoker to tenderize them? Maybe in a covered aluminum pan with some apple juice in it?
Do I have a chance in hell of getting the brisket done correctly?
There's a garage sale today on our street, should I sell my smoker? (just kidding).
Oh, one more thing. I know you guys that have been smoking for 30+ years are laughing your ass off at my emails, probably mumbling "rookie" under your breath as you read. I know this takes time to learn. And I appreciate that you always help me. That's why I try and put a little humor in my emails. Just to keep it in perspective.
Here's what the ribs look like from yesterday:
Edited by wklkjn - 9/11/16 at 4:15am