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Country Style Ribs - Two Ways

Discussion in 'Pork' started by illini40, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. illini40

    illini40 Smoking Fanatic

    Good Evening

    I tried smoking country style ribs for the first time this evening. I think they turned out pretty good. Tender and tasty. However, they still had a lot of fat. I know that these are not ribs, but I prefer some baby backs. I did a couple as "sweet" and the others in some "heat".

    I started out with 2.5 lbs of country style ribs. For the "sweet" CSRs, I used Meat Church Honey Hog rub, and for the "heat" CSRs, I used Suckle Busters Texas Hickory BBQ Rub and a top layer of Killer Hogs The BBQ Rub.

    Cook Overview:
    • 2.5 lbs of country style ribs
    • Total cook time was around 3 hours - 2 hours of smoke, 1 hour wrapped in foil, and about 15 minutes sauced
    • Traeger ran at the 250* setting the entire cook
    • Used Traeger Signature Blend pellets
    • Finished IT was around 195*
    CSRs Pre Rub 1.JPG

    After about an hour of smoke, IT was around 130*.

    CSRs Smoke 2.JPG

    After two hours and IT around 155*, Honey Hog CSRs getting wrapped with some brown sugar and Stubbs + apple juice.

    CSRs Sweet Wrap 3.JPG

    The "heat" CSRs getting wrapped with some brown sugar and Kosmos Q Peach jalapeno rib glaze + apple juice.

    CSRs Heat Wrap 4.JPG

    After a little over 3 hours, ITs were 190-195*. Unwrapped them, hit them with the sauce again, and then let them setup for about 15 minutes. Pulled them off and dug in.

    CSRs Finish 5.JPG
  2. jcam222

    jcam222 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Looks great. I plan on throwing some country ribs in to fill out the smoker when doing bacon and pastrami next weekend. How they come out as nice as yours.
  3. dcecil

    dcecil Master of the Pit

    Those looks tasty, I usually smoke those up and then make chili with them. They make great chili meat
    yankee2bbq likes this.
  4. illini40

    illini40 Smoking Fanatic

    Thank you! I can see how these are a cheap, easy cook.

    Thanks. Good idea on the chili meat! Makes me think about what else to toss the meat in.
  5. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome looking ribs there man fat dripping off the elbows is no problem at my house.

  6. BKING!

    BKING! Smoking Fanatic

    Beautiful ribs! Country style is growing on me.
  7. Those csr’s look delicious. Good job and congrats on the feature!
  8. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Those are some great looking CSR.

    Point for sure.
  9. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Those are of the best CSR cut, and you did a Great Job!!
    Very Nice!

  10. illini40

    illini40 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks Warren!

    Thanks! I think CSRs can be a nice alternative if looking for that traditional pork flavor, but something different.


    Thanks Chris!

    Thanks Bear!
  11. civilsmoker

    civilsmoker Smoking Fanatic

    Yes those look yummy!

    Nice on cooking to temp!
  12. illini40

    illini40 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks! I still have a lot to learn, however I have learned that temp is king.
    civilsmoker likes this.
  13. uncle eddie

    uncle eddie Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome looking country style ribs! Big LIKE!
  14. illini40

    illini40 Smoking Fanatic

    Hey thanks Eddie!
  15. crazymoon

    crazymoon Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I40, Wow , they look awesome !!!!!!
  16. illini40

    illini40 Smoking Fanatic

  17. keithu

    keithu Fire Starter

    Those look great!

    We smoke CSRs quite a bit. I've noticed that some stores sell boneless cuts as "country style ribs" while others are bone in. We try to just buy the bone in style. I have to admit I'm ignorant as to what cuts these actually are. Anyone know?
  18. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They are cut from the shoulder not really ribs at all. But for sure very tasty.

  19. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Yup---The ones with bone-in are the tastiest. I believe they are more from the shoulder.
    And if I'm not mistaken, the boneless are more from the Loin---Not as moist.

    BKING! likes this.
  20. BKING!

    BKING! Smoking Fanatic

    Yep got some shoulder CSRs and smoked then not long ago. I thought I died and went heaven. Much cheaper than actual ribs and just as tasty imo.

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