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Old 09-21-2013, 01:58 PM   #1
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Default Apple Butter Foiled Side Ribs Using The Smokenator

Wife made some Apple Butter that is sweet and juicy....this will be the second time I foil ribs with this stuff.

After 3 hours in the fridge rubbed with my mix of salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, 5 different chili powders or flakes, roasted cumin powder, roasted ginger powder, ground up tubanado sugar and some ground allspice berries. I grind all the spices together using a large mortar and pestle:



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I have the smokenator loaded with Blue Bag Royal Oak and a chunk of hickory and cherry on top under the side holes. In the Akorn I have lit lump and a partially burned hickory chunk to add. Placing a preburnt chunk gives me clean smoke quick. Some might say "why not just use the Akorn"....so far I have found the Kettle gives a better smoke flavour.

Some lump and a chunk added:



As soon as the thin smoke arrives I toss on the ribs:



And settle down to wait, watch and have a cold one:



The mix of hickory and cherry in my nose is intoxicating.....love it I do:



I will add shots and include my wife's Apple Butter in the foil stage.

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The sauce....left to right....Jack Daniel's, Tiger Sauce, Rufus Teague Sweet and Spicy, Stubb's Honey Pecan, my home made Sweet Habanero sauce and Cider Vinegar:



The wife's apple butter:



I smoked the ribs at about 220f grate temp with the water pan loaded for about 2 hours then ramped up the temp to about 285f or so with the water pan empty and drabing with water/cider vinegar combo for about and hour to this result:



To the foil....about 3 tbsp apple butter and 1 tbsp cider vinegar:



Meat side down:



On the Kettle:



I'll add more shots when done.

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Old 09-21-2013, 02:13 PM   #2
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Nice. Anxious to see how this turns out
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Old 09-21-2013, 02:58 PM   #3
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Looks good so far. I like the creative use of the grate space.
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Old 09-21-2013, 03:01 PM   #4
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I like the Smokenator for a small nightly meal. It holds temps well, and it uses very little charcoal.
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Old 09-21-2013, 03:01 PM   #5
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Looking forward to the results Very interesting idea with the apple butter
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Old 09-21-2013, 03:19 PM   #6
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Apple butter = good
Ribs = good
Apple butter + Ribs = Awesome I'd bet
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Old 09-21-2013, 03:22 PM   #7
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That sounds like a winning combination! Nice job.
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:21 PM   #8
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Out of the foil after about and hour and a half at 280f or so:



Sauced on both sides:



After about 20 minutes:



On the plate:




They were some mighty tasty ribs boys. I saved the juices from the tinfoil - those pork juices mixed with the apple butter taste divine. Not sure what I am gonna use it for.....maybe mixed in with smoked beans or chili.

Smoke taste was clean. I attribute this to preburning most of the wood used in the Akorn first. I also added additional charcoal from the Akorn as well so there was less smoke from igniting charcoal than normal. I would usually add 5 hanfulls before foiling with this setup. The taste of the apple butter was not as prominent as last time I did this - due to a hotter than normal sauce no doubt. Next time I will go with less habanero sauce. Took some over to a fella across the street and he was impressed.

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Old 09-21-2013, 08:56 PM   #9
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Nicely done, that is a good looking dinner
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:29 PM   #10
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Patiently waiting for pictures of the finished product......


WHERE ARE THEY ???????? (LOL)

I don't blame you, I'd eat them first before I posted the pictures too..

Great looking racks of ribs...

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You can always use the meat juice you saved when you cook your next batch of BBQ Sauce..
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:51 PM   #11
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I'll take 2 jars of the Apple Butter please........
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Old 09-22-2013, 12:29 AM   #12
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Looks great. Might have to give the apple butter on ribs thing a try. Haven't done a whole lot of ribs this past year, when next I'm in the mood for them this will be on the list. Bookmarking this thread, thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:03 AM   #13
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They turned out lookin real good! And you impressed the neighbor.
And thanks for the write up and the apple butter idea, I'll have to do some this week.
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