(Note: I changed the name of this post, to accomodate an objection to the title Retarded Ribs Q View. As I explicitly state below, the cooking process was retarded when the temperature in my smoker went south for an extended period of time. I was able to correct for this and ended up with some tasty ribs despite the temp dip. In as much as adjusting to that retardation in the cooking process was the main challenge I faced today, I originally titled this post Retarded Ribs Q view. The ribs simply took longer than expected to cook. I wasn't saying the ribs themselves were "retards." Or the ribs were so good they make you retarded. Or anything about people with disabilities of any sort. Clearly, I wasn't using the word retarded as a perjorative. The ribs turned out great! I have nothing bad to say about them. In terms of how long it actually took, compared to how long I expected them to take, they were, temporally speaking, retarded ribs. Changing the title to Temporally Challenged Ribs (in other words, Late Ribs) evidently only made things worse. Hey, I tried!)
I got these spare ribs for $1.39 a pound at Vallarta Market. They were fresh when I bought them but I ended up freezing them when I foolishly cancelled my smoke last weekend.
I took off the membrane, rib meat and skirt before I froze them.
I took them out of the freezer Friday morning and got them thawed enough to apply mustard and rub late that night.
I had the ribs out the next morning at 7:30 and in the smoker by 9.
My aim was to do these ribs the 3-2-1 method. I've successfully used the method before
I'm using lump charcoal and smoking with a nice big log of seasoned almond wood in my offset smoker. Here's a peek in the firebox:
I had a nice flow of thin blue smoke and a pretty consistent temp all through the first three hours.
About an hour before it was time to foil the ribs, I started getting my fatty ready. I wanted to get the fatty on while I had the lid open for the foiling. I ended up having the lid open for a long time and lost a ton of heat.
I knew this was going to be an issue, so I opened the vent and added charcoal prior to beginning the foiling process. Even so, I bumbled around and lost too much heat.
Since I had three hours of momentum behind me, I figured if I was patient the temp would slowly climb back up. I sat down to eat lunch and waited for the temp to come back. I monkeyed around with it, adding charcoal, knocking off ash, cleaning the area under the coals, etc. As it turned out, I had about an hour or and hour and a half where the temp was closer to 200 than the (minimum) 225 I was trying to cook at.
I knew this lower temp was retarding the progress of the ribs. I figured to compensate I'd need to extend the time in the foil to 2 and a half hours. As expected, when I checked them at the end of two hours they clearly had a considerable way to go. I ended up leaving them in foil for 3 hours and then about a half hour out of the smoker to firm them up.
I'm thinkin' these are about ready:
Here they are firming up:
Oh yeah, I mentioned there was a fatty in today's line up:
I wrote a seaparate Q view for the fatty yesterday. Here's how the fatty turned out:
Here are those ribs:
Supper is ready when you are:
I was very satisfied with the end product. Some of my best ribs so far (only my third attempt).
I hope you enjoyed the Q view! I would've posted it last night but I went for a massage instead.
Thanks for lookin' in!
Edited by wntrlnd - 10/24/10 at 8:38pm