So close and yet so far...

Discussion in 'Pork' started by mdboatbum, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Planned to smoke some ribs, chicken and ABT's on Saturday for a little pre 4th get together. Since we live in a high rise building, we have to take the smoker to the park across the street. This is fine except that it requires me to be in the park with it for the duration of the smoke, as things tend to walk away around here if left unattended even for a few minutes. This used to be such a nice neighborhood...

    Anyway, planned to pick up a buddy Saturday morning and hang out in the park for the day while the ribs smoked. Long story short, he didn't answer his phone all morning, and I didn't really feel like sitting in the park by myself for 6 hours. So I put them in the oven at 225˚ at 12:30. Finally heard from the disappearing friend at around 2, and went to pick him up around 3. Put the ribs, chicken and ABT's on the smoker at 3:30. Used lump charcoal and hickory chunks.

    Pulled everything at about 6:15 and the ribs looked pretty awesome. Obviously no smoke ring, and there wasn't as much smoky flavor as there would have been, but they were pretty close. As people were still arriving and the corn wasn't done yet, I wrapped everything in foil and just put it back on the ECB with the lid off to keep things warm. This proved to be the downfall of the ribs. A half hour they were kinda dried out and chewy, and completely falling off the bone. No pics as I was so po'd at myself I didn't even bother to take any. The guests ate them and were polite about it. Frankly, they weren't exactly awful. They were pretty good in fact, just not that rib nirvahna for which I was striving. The abt's and the chicken were pretty awesome though.

    I'll keep trying, and hopefully soon the BBQ angels will sing.

  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I like the corn hanging from the ceiling!
  3. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Haha! Yeah, my friend took that pic with his Iphone and for some reason it came out upside down. Couldn't figure out how to flip it once I'd uploaded it.
  4. Good idea for a corn carrier. Next time just foil the ribs and wrap them in a towel until serving time. Those ABTs look great.

    Oh Al, you slay me. [​IMG]
  5. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    looks good

    my first thought also Al[​IMG]

    Thanks for sharing the Q view[​IMG]
  6. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like the cook turned out OK.

    Al, do you have your monitor upside down again?

    Good luck and good smoking.
  7. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great looking ABT's


    thanks for the Qview

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