Normally I'm up about 6:00 on Saturday, to play golf. As I started on the 1 hour drive to the course, about 6:20, my buddy called me, said it raining down there and canceled us out. I have already smoked several butts, chickens, ABT's and veggies, but hadn't tried ribs, and with a free day, I said, "Let's go!" I stopped at the market and bought a 3 1/2 pound pack of back ribs, new potatoes, and cabbage. Got home, made up my rub, opened the ribs and got rid of the membrane and applied the rub
Here he is, rubbed, wrapped, and resting:
While it was resting in the fridge, I boiled up the potatoes, copped white onions, grated carrots, julianned green onions, and sliced cabbage. Then I built the slaw and the potato salad. My bride came down about then (she had gone back to bed after I left) and I told her that dinner was already planned and under way. Very big Husband points!
Noon rolled around and I warmed up the GOSM big block, with hickory in the box.
Here are the ribs, going in for 3-2-1:
After about an hour, I spritzed with a 50-50 mix of apple juice and bourbon:
Second spritz was about an hour later:
An hour later I pulled it out, spritzed heavily and wrapped it in foil. Here it is going into the foil:
Back into the smoker for 2 hours, then unfoiled and put it back in the smoker (it broke into two pieces). 30 minutes later, I added my barbecue sauce on top and smoked for another 30 minutes. Then I pulled it out on a serving dish, wrapped it in more foil and let it rest for 15 minutes.
Here's the final meal, just before serving:
My bride said 2 things:
1) "BOY was I smart when I gave you that smoker for your birthday last year!
2) "You said this was your first time trying ribs, right?" "You need to practice... a LOT!"
All in all, even if I didn't get to play golf, it was a good day!