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Old 07-14-2012, 09:25 AM   #1
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Join Date: 06-23-12
Location: Upstate, NY
Default Rough go on 2nd attempt at spares

My first attempt at spareribs was on a COS and thought I'd try the kettle this time.

I wanted to do two racks so I bought a rib rack and lo, it was too wide.

Tried to help with another item I had around but then they started to buckle. (This is one hour in.)

My oven thermometer never really got over 200 although the kettle seemed to be running hot and the water was boiling.
I think I might have had it too far from the fire and meat.

After 2 to 2-1/2 hours smoking and a pity party without enough beer, I foiled them for 90 minutes with honey and apple juice.
I pulled them off and opened the foil and they looked overcooked drier than the drought were having in Upstate NY.
Sauced 'em up anyway and went another 20 minutes or so.

I think it burned into my head that bbq is definitely a process and requires practice, which I need more of.

On the bright side, the ribs weren't dry at all, had a better texture than my first attempt and had a decent taste.

I think I need considerably more rub next time around and maybe stay away from the rib rack. It looks like they would have fit without it.

Thanks, as always, for all of your advice!!
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