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The answer to the question in the title depends on how much you can change the moisture content of the wood that is not in direct contact with the water. If you soak the wood for only a few hours the wood in contact with the water will absorb enough H2O...
Many new BBQers post questions on rib cooking methods, one of the most common is "How do I tell when ribs are done?"
Perhaps the most used method is the bend test. Simply pick up the rack of ribs from one end with tongs, with the end of the tongs at about the 5th or 6th rib in(slightly less...
About six years ago I settled on a rub that I liked on my ribs and have used it ever since. It consists of the following ingredients-
1/2 cup of turbinado sugar
1/4 cup of Hungarian paprika
1/4 cup of salt free chili powder
2 TBS of granulated garlic
2 TBS of ground black pepper