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Unread 06-27-2005, 11:55 AM   #1
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I'll have to add pictures to this post later. I'm at work without the digital to upload 'em.

I completed the mods to my SnP this weekend. Added the baffle, moved the temp guage down to the grill level and extended the chimney down to the grill level. Big difference in the way it cooks and in temperature control. Thanks to this all here.

After that, I cooked my first set of ribs. Bought one decent sized rack of spare ribs and one rack of baby-backs...wanted to see which ones I would prefer. Could start a whole 'nother thread on those results. I peeled the membranes rather easily on the baby backs, but the spares were a pain. I also hate cutting through all the gristled crap (my opinion) on the end of the spares. Can you guess which ones I liked better? I admit that I probably just need coaching on this, though.

I cut each slab in half. I melted half a stick of butter, put in about a half cup of brown sugar and about a half cup of Corky's rub (just what I had around). I rubbed the ribs down good and put them on the smoker which was humming right around 220-230. I mixed about 1 part apple juice to 2 parts water in a spray bottle. After about 1 hour on, I started spraying about every 30 minutes. After two and a half hours, I mopped on sauce on one baby-back half and one spare half. My wife likes wet ribs. I like dry. I sprayed twice more and took them off after 3.5 hours.

I'm hooked. I still like the baby-backs better, but my wife didn't talk until she was very full and proclaimed it the best she's had. Later on she made me even happier!!! Great weekend.

Side Note: I bought some non-JD sausage at the store. They were out of JD. Mistake. Have you seen that Ham commercial where the blob wobbles on the assembly line? yeah, it was that bad. Even the hickory flavor really couldn't save it.
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Unread 06-27-2005, 12:10 PM   #2
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Congrats!

I'm glad someone really likes babyback ribs.

I think they are overrated and overpriced. But, you know what you like/prefer. Heck, half the fun of que is arguing! :D

I am genuinely glad the food turned out good!
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So, which ribs did the wife like?
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Don't worry, I like baby backs too. But that's not saying anything against spares, either. See how I did that? Way to go, keep on smokin'!
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Sounds like somebody got hooked on cooking there own ribs from now on. The wife is going to love seeing you get up early in the morn, to fire her up. Nothing like good smoked meat for dinner.
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The wife is going to love seeing you get up early in the morn, to fire her up.
Yeah she likes that alright.

Spares or babybacks, they're all good. I cook what my time window allows.
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IMHO - I have never had "bad" BB ribs, regardless of who/how they were grilled or smoked (exception is Sams Club, they must boil'em). The "trick" or "art" is taking a "cheeper" meat(spares) and having people or yourself, say this is the best I have ever had. At the Q competition last weekend, the only ribs I saw were spares, because they are harder to make taste great.
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IMHO - I have never had "bad" BB ribs, regardless of who/how they were grilled or smoked (exception is Sams Club, they must boil'em). The "trick" or "art" is taking a "cheeper" meat(spares) and having people or yourself, say this is the best I have ever had. At the Q competition last weekend, the only ribs I saw were spares, because they are harder to make taste great.
You never had mine before I started to smoke em.


Congrats on the ribs! Your on easy street now
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Could start a whole 'nother thread on those results.
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Guess I didn't look around long enough to see that their was an ongoing debate on baby backs versus spares. :P

She liked the baby-backs better than the spares, but they both tasted very good. We are eating what we didn't finish last night (mostly spares) tonight for supper if that tells you anything. :) That's the beauty of only two people eating on them and the kids not liking ribs.

I would prefer to like the spares because of the price, trust me. I haven't given up on them, yet. I just need to figure out the tricks of the trade. The one thing I learned last night was to have a very sharp knife.

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I like BB's better than spares only because spares tend to be more greasy and I can't eat as many. ;)
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Once you get the hang of trimmin the spares, you will cook them just about every weekend. I have done ribs twice since we moved into the new house. The people at my job love when I come to work with my blue bag, (bigger lunch bag) that means there is BBQ and I will share.
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So, which ribs did the wife like?
Mine likes either, as long as she gets a bone.
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Mine prefers spare ribs because BBacks don't have any gristle.
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Here are the promised pics...before mods
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