- Joined Jul 22, 2016
First time smoker here (well just relatively new). I was working off a Steven Raichlen recipe which called for soaking the ribs in apple cider and some lemon juice for a couple hours, then blot dry and adding dry rub. Well I soaked the ribs for a few hours (I think four) and just pulled them out to blot dry and they seemed very pale and off color. I would say they almost look they are turning/ going bad but they smell OK and from what I remember when I brought them home today, they looked fine before soaking. So I believe this is due to me soaking it in the vinegar + lemon juice but wanted to confirm if this is normal or if it's possible I have bad meat. I have people coming over tomorrow that I would rather not poison haha.