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tmkshew 04-11-2010 05:20 PM

Sunday Smokeday - Spareribs and Great Weather
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I haven't posted anything in a while. I'm very new to this site and to BBQ in general. To give you an idea; I'm 23 years old.

I wanted to post this smoke because I decided to scrap everything I was doing previously and change a lot of my methods.
Anyways, I have had problems with my ribs being blackened during my smoke. They were still awesome but to be honest, they just weren't the good color that everyone loves and expects.

I used to a 14" pizza stone with no bowl underneath for better coal managing leverage.
I wasn't used to the increased heat that I had read and expected to see from using the pizza stone. I could barely keep the WSM to 250F.

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Still didn't end up being the worst ribs.

I rubbed two slabs down with your average yellow mustard, and dusted them with some Plowboys Yardbird...great stuff. Refrigerated over night.

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Never ended up using any BBQ Sauce just so you know.
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3/4 of the way through I grabbed the ribs from the grill, threw them in foil, and rubbed them with a thin layer of brown sugar, and a good amount of pure honey (a lot more expensive than I thought).
I put them back on the smoker for another hour and a half.

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Took those slabs off at 170 being extremely excited using my pron.
Before you guys say anything, I know I need to wait until they hit around 180-190F for the good fall-off-the-bone type.

These ribs were very tough but still delicious.

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All in all it was a fast, no-slow-and-low-smoke.
The good part is, I've got my rubs down, I've got my timing down, and these tips and tricks that people keep suggesting to others, as well as to me is helping me tremendously.
I'm not looking for any help or anything, but I'm always open to suggestions. This post is more about thanking the brethren for your help, support, and unwillingness to let someone's questions go unanswered.
I appreciate it more than you guys will ever know.

Enough of the speeches, let's eat!

For any of the O's Brethren (if any besides myself) this opening day picture is for you!
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Hope you guys liked what you saw.
I plan to begin posting a lot more!

Alan in Ga 04-11-2010 07:51 PM

Those look great to me keep up the good work

GeauxBigRed 04-11-2010 09:56 PM

Looks good. Are you saying you took out the water bowl completely? I filled mine with sand a while back and love it that way. I just put foil on it for each cook...can't be a no hassle clean up.

I like that little work table/cart you've got there too. I've been meaning to build one of those.

bigabyte 04-11-2010 11:05 PM

Looks good to me!:cool:

tmkshew 04-12-2010 10:23 AM

Yeah I take the water bowl out to manage the coals easier. It's kind of a tight squeeze on a 18.5". 22.5" might have more room.

As for the cart... I got it for $8 at the Salvation Army. Came with a cutting board on top. It's great.

dannypat21 04-12-2010 10:27 AM

Ribs look pretty darn good

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