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- Joined Feb 22, 2008
This is the third time I've smoked deer ribs. The first two times didn't work out so well and I decided I was done with that. resigning myself to the fact that not all meat can be smoked. I had made up my mind that the rib meat of all future deer kills would be trimmed off the day he was harvested and added to the sausage meet. Don't get me wrong... the first two sets of ribs I smoked tasted good but was tough and dry. This time, a friend asked me to give it another try with his ribs. I told him about the first two times I had a go at it. He said this ribs were saved from last seasons kill. He usually doesn't save the ribs but this was from a really big deer. If they don't turn out well, no harm no foul. He reiterated the point that he usually doesn't save the ribs any how. So, how ever they turn out is just a bonus. So, like they say, try try and try again. After thawing them out, I saw that he was right. They were much bigger than the first two. Pretty meaty infact. Even fatty. Don't get me wrong... I didn't need to trim any fat or anything. But, you could tell that this deer had plenty to eat. (He was a Nebraska deer I think he said?) Any how, the whole rack wouldn't fit on my little baby smoker so I cut the last four bones off. You can see the cut in the pic I think. If I ever run into this problem again. (As I'm sure I will... I love my smoker, it's just to dang small!) I'll cut in the middle of the rack. That should make for more even cook times. Sorry there isn't more pics. I've been having camera trouble lately. I seasoned it up with Jeff's awesome rib rub. I did a 2-2-1 at 225 which was a little long. I probably should have done 1-2-1? Also, I love the rub soooo much. I think I went a little heavy on it. The bark on the finished product was maybe to heavy? I wish I would have sprayed them with my apple juice mixture more often. I think that may have helped the bark? I normally spray my pork ribs 4 or 5 times depending on size, cut, ect... These I only sprayed twice. Overall, they turned out pretty good though. Well enough, that deer rib smoking is back on the table so to speak. It will just depend on the deer and my mood that day.