Johnny Trigg Style Ribs with Jeff's Rub & Sauce

Discussion in 'Pork' started by rubrchickenhead, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. No better way to spend a President's Day than to make some good ol' as-seen-on-tv American BBQ. I've only heard of Johnny Trigg style ribs from reading here at SMF, but I decided to give his basic recipe a try on some St. Louis spares. I did a 2-2-1 cook at 250 degrees. I have smoke blowing during the first 2 hours and the final hour for a total of 3 hrs with smoke.

    I started things out with a coating of Jeff's rib rub, like so many other slabs of meat . . .

    Here are the ribs after 2 hours of smoke with mesquite/cherry blend and 2 hours wrapped in foil with dark brown sugar, honey, tiger sauce, and unsalted butter (instead of parkay, no trans fat wanted) on each side of the ribs. 

    After 20 minutes out of the foil I covered with Jeff's BBQ sauce and this pic is 20 minutes later right before I covered with sauce a second time.

    Here it is after 2 coats of bbq sauce had cooked for total of 5 hrs on the bbq.

    Johnny Trigg style ribs may be rich, but I see why he wins all those competitions and has been featured on the television set, these were killer! I will definitely make ribs this way again, the tiger sauce is an awesome touch. Everyone enjoyed them, although they are sweet the flavor from the tiger sauce and Jeff's bbq balances things out pretty well.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2013
  2. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Love love love ribs!  Good smoke!  [​IMG]
  3. smokefever

    smokefever Smoking Fanatic

    [​IMG]Great looking ribs!!!  I personally havent tried the Trigg ribs yet, but am sure I will do so this year.  Tiger sauce is an absolute MUST have!!!  The sweet notes you get with that first taste, followed by that hint of heat at the end is pure bliss!  By the looks of them, they had the perfect amount of tug to them, very nicely done  [​IMG]
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Your ribs look fantastic!!!! [​IMG]
  5. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Beautiful ribs!!!

    Great job!

  6. Ribs look beautiful.  I have never tried the Johnny Trigg style.  Do you find that between the rub, stuff in the foil, and the BBQ sauce any of the pork and smoke flavor still come through?  I have wondered if you can really get much flavor beyond all the "toppings" with ribs cooked like this.
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  7. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Look xlnt...doing ribs Thurs so thx for the inspiration
  8. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hey VT,

    I've tried this before and you still get the pork flavor, but I would only recommend it for those that like sweet ribs.

  9. bruno994

    bruno994 Master of the Pit

  10. hagisan

    hagisan Meat Mopper

    Looks great!  Thanks for sharing and making me hungry!
  11. That's a fair question with this method, but the smoked pork flavor on these was unmistakable. They are very sweet ribs make no mistake, but the sauce does have savory qualities of its own. Jeff's rub & sauce seemed to combine well with the extra fat and sweet. I think next time I use this method I will grab spare ribs and give them another hour of smoke with a 3-2-1 cook.
  12. zahlgren

    zahlgren Smoking Fanatic

    Those look great! [​IMG]
  13. noshrimp

    noshrimp Smoke Blower

    Nice ribs, great pics. I'm hungry.

  14. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    [​IMG]  Great job!!!
  15. smokeusum

    smokeusum Smoking Fanatic

    Deja vu, all over again.
  16. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Gracious, those look fantastic!!!
  17. Does the Tiger sauce have a strong vinegar taste to it? When I make ribs, I'll wrap them in foil with the brown sugar, parkay butter, and honey, but I've left out the Tiger sauce because I can't eat something with a strong vinegar taste.


  18. The first ingredient listed on the bottle of Tiger Sauce is in fact vinegar. It has a strong vinegar smell and vinegar taste, but I didn't notice much vinegar taste in the final product. I also believed I used less tiger sauce than others do when making trigg style ribs, and next time I will probably add more. I think with the rub, bbq sauce, and other foil ingredients you can use tiger sauce to add that nice red color and the sweet-heat flavor it brings without a "strong" vinegar quality. I'd say give it a try and use sparingly, but I like vinegar . . .
  19. bigr314

    bigr314 Meat Mopper

    Love the way the look. Will try this method next time I do Ribs.
  20. it's worth a try, I love the extra sweet and that tiger sauce

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