Pork Spare Ribs and Smoked Mac & Cheese (QView)

Discussion in 'Pork' started by texasgal81, Jun 8, 2014.

  1. It was a fairly nice Saturday for Texas (already starting to get pretty hot) so I ran by the store to see what I could smoke for the weekend. Got spare ribs on a big sale & chickens on clearance and threw a rack on yesterday. The smoker ran about 225-250 all day.

    Topped the ribs with S&P, a pork rub, Salt Lick dry rub, and grub rub, then threw it on to do the 3-2-1 rib smoke. After 3 hours of smoke (hickory and cherry), I pulled off to foil with margarine, honey, and more grub rub (brown sugar based).

    During the 2 hours in foil, I started the mac and cheese to put on with the ribs during the last hour. I used the pioneer woman's regular mac & cheese recipe and added 6 pieces crumbled bacon, 4 oz diced green chiles, 2 tablespoons of diced jalapeños, and a couple of squirts of franks red hot sauce. I also changed up the cheese a bit and used a mix of extra sharp cheddar, mozzarella, and fiesta mix.

    After 2 hours I pulled the ribs, unwrapped, brushed on sweet baby rays, and put on the lower rack. I put the mac on top and added hickory chips to get the mac some smoke.

    Here they are after the last hour. All really good of course. I like my meat to fall off the bone, and these did with a little pull. The flavor was excellent too.

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  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You did a Great Job, Gal !!! [​IMG]  ----------------[​IMG]

    When I saw "Texas", I knew it would be good!![​IMG]

    Thanks for the Views!

  3. Looks fantastic! I just threw a rack of spares in my MES. I was out of BBQ sauce and was too lazy to go to the store, so I tried making Jeff's sauce. Well, I didn't have all the stuff for it, so I made some substitutions. I used tomato sauce instead of ketchup. I also used honey instead of molasses. I added some allspice and vinegar...it turned out great...next time I'll follow the recipe exactly to see how that turns out.
  4. Looking good!!!! what smoker are you using?
  5. Aww, thanks Bear! I appreciate that. Especially coming from you!

    Yeah, I just really love the sweet baby ray' s so I've just stuck with that for now. Good luck on your next try! I substitute all the time so I don't have to go to the store. Lol.

    Thanks! I live in an apt so I can only use electric. I have a Brinkmann Gourmet Electric...the little red bullet. Lol.
  6. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    All looks great, nice smoke ! Thumbs Up
  7. Thanks!
  8. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Mmm...that looks delicious TexGal!  Wish I had a plate with some of that!  Nicely done...


  9. barnold

    barnold Smoke Blower

    Excellent cook, Gal!  Everything looks absolutely yummy!!!
  10. I love smoked mac n' cheese, but when I fix it with smoked meats, it seems like a waste. With other smoked options, it just tastes like mac n' cheese.

    I did bring it to a family get-together this spring and had a relative tell me he doesn't usually eat mac n' cheese, but it was one of the best dishes there.
  11. big fish

    big fish Smoke Blower

    Great price on the ribs and looking good! I thought I got a deal on ribs today at $1.69 a pound - I bought 8 racks. You never see them here at that price, but a butcher shop just opened up a new location and they had a sale. $300 worth of meats.  [​IMG]
  12. Hey Red, OK ain't that far! I'll save you some. Lol. Thanks for the points!

    Thanks BA! Appreciate it!

    Oh man, I'm all about the sides, especially smoked mac and cheese. The add-ins I did really give it something extra too (bacon, green chiles, and jalapenos). Sometimes I eat more of that than meat. Lol.

    Wow. I wish I had room for that much. That's a great price too! Have fun smokin it up!
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  13. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Ribs for $1.47 a pound?!?!? I thought y'all were a beef state. Here in michigan $2.99 is a good deal and $2.50 is a huge sale!!

    Good lookin Q!!
  14. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking smoke! The ribs and Mac look fantastic!
  15. We are, but beef is crazy expensive right now! Plus I really like pork. Lol.and Thanks!

    Thanks dirt!
  16. yotzee

    yotzee Smoking Fanatic

    Got my mouth watering for some spicy mac and cheese now!  Nice cook!
  17. Thanks Yotzee. It was really good! It tastes good in the oven too if you don't want the smoke. 
  18. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That looks great you nailed that one!!!

    A full smoker is a happy smoker

  19. Thanks DS! You're right..and it was full the next day with chickens too. lol. 

  20. Good price on those ribs, Here in Wisconsin when baby backs hit 2.99 LB, I stock up. Just recently got em for 1.99 LB so I really stocked up for the summer.

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