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post #1 of 14
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Sorry if this sounds a little odd. Cut and pasted from my website; intended for a slightly different audience! Been lurking and learning a lot here the last few weeks. My first smoker, my first smoke...

Finally, after a few weeks of prepping and reading and learning, my new ProQ smokerwas fired up for the first time this weekend. First up was beef ribs. I bought them on sale a couple weeks ago. Wicked big racks of ribs!

The night before, I rubbed the ribs down with rubs from Big Ron Garcia. One rack got "Big Ron is in the House", one rack got "Hint of Houston". Being very green, I planned on using the 3-2-1 method for doing the ribs.

Up at 10 the next morning, I got everything set. I also was going to try and make pastrami on the other rack - more on that later. Because the ribs were so big, I had to use the first rack - they wouldn't fit on the second rack, under the dome cover.

I filled the charcoal basket full of briquettes (Kingsford Competition), lit a half chimney starter full, and spread them over the basket.

Buttoned up and waiting.

The plan was to get to a temp of 225 and hold for 3 hours. Then the ribs would be wrapped in foil and put back on for 2 hours (with a splash of apple juice). Then they would be unwrapped and put back on for a final hour. It seemed to take a long time to get to 225. It held at around 200 for a long time. I kept messing with the vents. Finally I opened the bottom door a little, added some more charcoal, and voila!

Here they are going on for the last hour:

The ribs were awesome. We served sauce on the side, which we've never done before. The meat was falling off of the bones, and my wife and daughter loved them! I want to thank Big Ron for the awesome rub. I think I liked the Hint of Houston a little better - but they were both wicked good. I'd give myself a B+ or A-. Overall, for the very first time I'd smoked anything, I think it went great. Oh - and got a great smoke ring too!

post #2 of 14
Looks like you have been learing alot..Those are awesome looking ribs for sure..great job
post #3 of 14
Now those are some mighty fine lookig beef ribs there Marshall.points.giffor your first smoke and a good one it was.
post #4 of 14
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Thanks guys!
post #5 of 14
I'm with them...great looking ribs! PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #6 of 14
great job looks real good. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #7 of 14
Awesome job with those ribs! And excellent Qview -- great photos and descriptions!!

post #8 of 14
Very nice! We can't get beef ribs that meaty around here. points.gif
post #9 of 14
Those ribs look great, good job!
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Nice lookin ribs, great qview, points.gif
post #11 of 14
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Thanks everybody
post #12 of 14
Those beef ribs look great. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gifon the ribs.
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post #14 of 14
Those look great! Especially for a first smoke! My first few smokes were awful disasters...
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