Sunday Ribs w/Homemade Ice Cream Q-View!

Discussion in 'Pork' started by ptjd, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. ptjd

    ptjd Smoke Blower

    OK its been 2 weeks since I fired up the Ole MES. Local store had ribs on sale so I bought a couple.
    Removed Membrane
    Soaked in Brine for 24 hours
    Lathered with honey then some of Jeff's rub
    Just put it in the smoker, will have finished pictures later.

    I also made some homemade rum raisin ice cream, made that last night so i could freeze it.

    The worst part for me, Membrane removal

    The brining

    Rub and Honey

    Raisins soaking in dark Rum!!!!

    Ready for the freezer!

    Will post finished pic's later
  2. superdave

    superdave Smoking Fanatic

    How could you ruin perfectly good ice cream with raisins? ;-) j/k, cuz I hate rasins. Ribs look good. I take my membrane off like you. I take my fillet knife to start the edge and then pull with the pliers.
  3. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Lookin good! One thin I found that makes removin that membrane easier is usin a cake spatula to start liftin it, then I use a paper towel ta grab hold of it an puller off.

    That icecream sounds great too!

    Dude, feed yer dog! That thin is skin an bones![​IMG]
  4. Everything looks great,you don't post very often but when you do it's always mouthwatering.[​IMG]
  5. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Looks great so far I'm looking forward to more Qview [​IMG]
  6. ptjd

    ptjd Smoke Blower

    Thanks, seems the ribs I buy are processed in a way that the membrane is scored so it won't come off in 1 or 2 pieces, its really a pain, I have to nibble away at it. About 4 more hours till they are done!
  7. ptjd

    ptjd Smoke Blower

    OK about half way done, now time to foil and spritz some apple juice and red wine.
  8. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm impressed with what you've done with the prep and spritz for your ribs. Using honey, instead of mustard, prior to the rub is something new to me. Does the honey burn off and just make luscious bark, or does it give the meat a sweet tang to it?

    The ice cream looks wonderful too. Rum raisin ... homemade .... can't be beat!
  9. Man those are looking tastey. i have never put honey on my ribs. is it similar to mustard where it just holds on your rub or do you get a really sweet flavor from it?
  10. blacklab

    blacklab Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Nice lookin ribs [​IMG] I like that honey idea to.
  11. ptjd

    ptjd Smoke Blower

    Sumo and Grind, it adds a different flavor to the meat not really sweet, most of us here use some sort of brown sugar in the rub but its not really sweet when finished cooking and it does make a good binder to hold the rub.
    If you want a really different flavor try real maple syrup, gotta love fusion cooking.
  12. never would have tried it on my own. i would have thought the honey or syrup would burn. or that at the least the flavor would just over power
  13. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I might be going agaisnt the grain here but I like the membrane and the texture it adds. When you eat the ribs it almost gives a ripping sound when biting into the meat. Personally I leave it on. Like I said I am probably going against the grain and am a minority with that.
    Gimme ribs with the membrane so I can rip the meat off the bone and feel manly!!!
  14. ptjd

    ptjd Smoke Blower

    VLAP, I'm with you, I can eat the ribs with the membrane on and it does not bother me. I do think that without it the meat brines more easy and also the smoke penetrates the meat easier.
    Ribs about done, q-view next.
  15. ptjd

    ptjd Smoke Blower

    OK here it is! Also unless you grill it the honey won't burn, I usually smoke at 220 - 230.
  16. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great lookin smoked ribs today! Am going to try the honey idea prior to the rub.

    Ummm ... where's the ice cream?? [​IMG]
  17. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  18. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    very nice lookin ribs, and I like the ice cream idea too. I aint fond of raisins, but if there is rum in there, I'll eat anything!

    The honey idea is a great one. I have used it on a few occasion after the ribs are done. I seen a rib competition show one time that a guy made a glaze out of honey and other stuff. After the smoke was doen, he would stack the racks on top of each other after dripping the honey concoction all over them, then foil the whole 5-6 racks together, and rest before cutting and turning in. They won the comp with that process. I have duplicated it a couple times, but I wasn't as fond of it as he was, it was too sweet for me, but I guess some judges like it.

    Now as far as the membrane thing. There are alot of guys on this site and others who struggle with membrane. I hate having it on my ribs,might as well have a summer sausage casing on it![​IMG] Alot of guys start at the end and play with pliers, paper towels, ice picks,suction cups, and tow trucks. I showed Richtee my favorite( and only ) way to do membrane.

    Start in the middle of the rack, I'm no physics professor, but it makes better sense. I use a fork, not a special membrane fork, or space age kevlar composite, curved or teflon coated, just a fork, outta the silverware drawer next to the spoons and butter knives. Take the fork, and turn it on it side, and slide 1 tine under the membrane along a rib bone near the middle of the rack. Push it in as far as it will go, and lift up with the point of the tine on the bone. This gets ya started. Then lower the angle angain, and push farther in, and repeat. Soon you will have a little tunnel that you can slip your finger into, without the fork. continue working the membrane off the ribs, and worming the finger farther across the rib section till you reach the other side. Now just lift straight up slowly and deliberately. you will be suprised how much of that membrane you will get off in one piece. If it is scored alot buy the production butchers, it can be a little tougher. Spares are always harder to do than Baby backs. I can get the membrane off baby backs in 20-30 seconds per rack. Try it and see if it makes a difference!

  19. ptjd

    ptjd Smoke Blower

    Capt Dan, I agree with your method but my problem is the meat processor score the membrane and I can only take a little off at a time, it is a pain! If the membrane had no scoring I could take it off in 1 or 2 pieces.
    Sorry the Ice cream is gone! No more pictures.

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