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No-Wrap Ribs and Meatballs with Q-View

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Well, it had been way too long since I'd done ribs so I picked up a 3-pack of BB's from Costco. Plus, I really wanted to do some with no foil so I rubbed them up with Jeff's rub, tossed some Hickory and Apple chunks into the Big Block and smoked them for about 6 hours. I sprayed every 1.5 hours or so with a mix of apple juice and pear vodka and then glazed them with Jeff's BBQ sauce for the last 45 minutes.

The verdict: these were the best ribs I've ever made. I feel like I really nailed it and I love the way they turned out with no foil: really nice bark but so tender without being falling off the bone. Brought them over to the neighbors' house for dinner and everyone was happy.

Oh...I also grabbed some italian chicken sausage and some chorizo and made up some little sausage balls. Most were wrapped in bacon but the naked ones were dipped in sauce for the last 30 minutes. Really good stuff. Anyway, on to the Q-View:

All rubbed up and ready to go:

Close-up of the meatballs prior to smoking:

3 Racks right out of the smoker:

Sliced view:

Meatballs and 2 racks (kept one rack for me) ready to go across the street:

Another close-up:

Thanks for looking.
post #2 of 24
Yummm. Looks good. Was the smoke flavor intense?
post #3 of 24
NICE!!!!gotta love the ribs,mmmmmmmm
post #4 of 24
Nice! good Q View. Can't wait now for my ribs to get out of that smoker.
post #5 of 24
Everything looks great.PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #6 of 24
Mmmmm... looks wonderful! PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of the compliments. Just wanted to answer this question and say...No, the smoke flavor was not too intense. They were nice and smoky but in a perfect way. I am no a no-foil convert and if you haven't tried it yet, do it soon...you won't regret it.
post #8 of 24
As soon as I am comfortable with foiling, I will do the no foil thing.....Should be interesting to see / taste for myself the differences between foil/no foil.

In the meantime.....congrats to you a job well done...Those ribs look great !!!! Yummy.
post #9 of 24
Nice lookin scoff.PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #10 of 24
Great lookin' ribsPDT_Armataz_01_34.gif Another Qer that thinks outside the box. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #11 of 24
Great looking smoke!icon_biggrin.gif
post #12 of 24
Looks good!! I did mine today no foil style. Turned out perfect. I agree its good to mix it up and easier too.
post #13 of 24
Nice job. Everything looks great. smile.gif
post #14 of 24
The look of those ribs are PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif .

Welcome to the world of no foil wink.gif
post #15 of 24
Great job...your ribs look perfect!! PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #16 of 24
the meatballs look great, and the ribs look good as well(I am not a sauce guy, but your ribs do look pretty darn good sauced.)

I typically do not wrap the ribs I smoke, however this weekend I am going to do one slab of unwrapped, and one wrapped all in the name of "practice" for my Marseilles in May cookoff.
post #17 of 24
Thread Starter 
You know, I used to not be a sauce guy either but after saucing a few times, I can't go back to dry.
post #18 of 24
I went the opposite way, I used to like sauced ribs, and now enjoy the taste of dry rub, and now use sauce for dipping fries, or smoked sausage in. smile.gif

your ribs do look great though.
post #19 of 24
Yep. I made that transformation a while back, too.
post #20 of 24
the best ribs i've made have been without foil. good job!
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