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Sugar Maple or ...? For Ribs...

nickbailey

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I have a small Rib-off between friends coming up. I usually use sugar maple that I have for smoking them, although i'm wondering if thats too mild to show off the awesome power that is smoked ribs? Any other suggests. I use a spicy rub with a fairly sweet mop, if that helps any.
 

ghost308

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Depends on what you like , I like apple the best for ribs and I use a sweet sause, but hickory it real good also, just be careful it can be a little strong so use less
 

msmith

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Try you some pecan wood that will bring those ribs to life.
 

teacup13

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i agree, especially if you are having a riboff between friends... you could always just throw a couple of chunks of a different wood along with the maple...

right now i am smoking a meatloaf with a combo of cherry and hickory
 

deejaydebi

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Not good to change just before a rib off. Do it like you do it best and don't chnage anything!
 

bbq bubba

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Very curious what kind of flavor sugar maple would give, maybe a chunk of cherry would spruce it up, been using that alot with my ribs

P.S. good luck on the rib-off!
 

nickbailey

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Hmmmm ok thanks, i'll probably not mess with it then. It's a shame though, because really the only woods I can get up here is Hickory and Mesquite, the only reason I have sugar maple is because our tree was cut down.
 

chris_harper

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did someone say mesquite? that is our favorite here where i live.
 

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