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What is the apple juice for in smoking ribs?

post #1 of 17
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I have see the 3-2-1 method of cooking ribs. It calls to splash the ribs with apple juice and wrap with foil for 2 hours.

What does the apple juice do? Can I use other juices?
post #2 of 17
The apple juice is the moisture the ribs will use to kinda baste themselves while in the foil. I think you could use a different juice but you may get a different flavor with it
post #3 of 17
What Jerry said.

It is called braising.

post #4 of 17
Cranberry might be good. Think I'll try that next time.
post #5 of 17
I use 2 parts apple juice to 1 part beer. Put in the fridge over night, with onion slices, smashed garlic cloves, whole jalapenos, and black peppercorns to soak. Next day when I smoke then foil, use to braise.
After they're done, drain the juices from the foil, and mix in to my BBQ sauce.
DON'T WASTE THE JUICE!!!!! Especially after pulling apart a butt. Mix the juice with vinegar from pickled jalapenos, and use as a finishing sauce for pulled pork.
post #6 of 17

Apple Juice

Apple juice to pork is like cake is to ice cream! Apple juice really compliments the Pork flavor.

post #7 of 17
with this apple juice smoke-it's time to play-smokin is fun
post #8 of 17
I've used apple, cherry and orange all with good success, and different effect! It's good to experiment, I usually play with only one variable at a time though, to try to keep track of the results.
post #9 of 17
Apple juice & Jack Daniels works great!

So does apple juice & Jim Beam!!
post #10 of 17
And apple juice and Makers Mark PDT_Armataz_01_28.gif
post #11 of 17
Or apple juice and Captain Morgan......cool.gif

Guinness Draught is very interesting with brisket, too...PDT_Armataz_01_18.gif
post #12 of 17
I knew there had to be something Jack Daniels was good for. PDT_Armataz_01_28.gif

I'll save the beam for drinking. wink.gif
post #13 of 17
I like apple juice and rum. If I don't have rum I use beer.
post #14 of 17
I spritz with apple juice when ribs sweat, as well as braise.If you like sticky sweet add honey and sugar to foil pouch.
post #15 of 17
You & me both. People keep giving me fifths of JD as gifts (cause I like to drink). Little do they know that most of the JD goes to spritzing meat.

Can't beat Jim Beam for drinking. Course Early Times & coke is my fav.
post #16 of 17
The last time I smoked ribs, I used a combination of Dr Pepper, apple juice, rum, and some apple cide vinegar for my braising fluid and it came out great. I had read about the Dr Pepper on here awhile back and decided to try it.

post #17 of 17
I like using Pineapple Orange Juice.
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