View Full Version : short ribs (again) - 6 different flavours

01-21-2017, 09:15 AM
It was a bit colder than during my last cooks and that 14.5 wsm is really holding is own.
Very easy to control.
I had the ribs on for about 4.5 hours and there was still plenty charcoal left and still water in the waterbowl.

I cut the beef ribs in pieces and rubbed/marinated them and let them sit in the fridge


It was easy to keep them apart in the fridge. Not so easy on the rack.
They are marked with different number of toothpicks
And the rack is full !!!

What I like about the 14.5 wsm is that it is very light.
I can get the waterbowl in the middle section, load the racks, put the thermometers in place and then lift the whole middle and top section onto the fire....

And then we wait....

The result


I had a little piece of each of them and I liked them all, except that the ready mix (rub) was a bit too salt for my liking.

So I just grabbed a piece and gave myself a plate.....

And the money-shot :-D


I used a small piece of acacia wood for smoking and removed it after about an hour as I am not a fan of food that is too smokey.
What I do find is, that the smoke taste is quite limited in the evening, but more pronounced the next day.
Maybe because you are a bit in the smoke when you are cooking?

Anyway, thanks or watching

01-21-2017, 09:27 AM
Nice cook. Cool to do them different ways and get different flavors.

01-21-2017, 09:44 AM
Nice looking shorties. I guess the only wildlife we get this time is the dog.

01-21-2017, 10:29 AM
Those look tasty.

01-21-2017, 03:57 PM
Nicely done, I like your security guard.

01-21-2017, 07:36 PM
Looks delicious!

01-21-2017, 11:27 PM
Yeah, just the dog this time.
We are in the rainy season and all animals have gone inland.

But I can get you another one, just for fun

smoke ninja
01-21-2017, 11:58 PM
Looks great. How cold does it get in the valley?

01-22-2017, 06:45 AM
In the winter we can get down to 6 oC (43 F, between first light and sunrise). Daytime will probably still be around 24 oC (75 F)

In October/November, we may go up to 43 to 45 oC (105-110 oF, shade temperature)

01-22-2017, 07:50 AM
I do like your cook. Is the acacia wood smoke similar to our hardwoods such as Oak or Hickory?
Thanks for sharing the wildlife pics with us.

Big George's BBQ
01-22-2017, 08:46 AM
That looks amazing Thanks for the wildlife pic When you eat it the next day the smoke has had a chance to settle in so the flavors will be different
How much rain do you get in your rainy season and how long does it last

01-24-2017, 12:10 AM
I see I forgot to answer the last couple of questions:
I think acacia is a bit similar to oak, but I am not yet sure if I can differentiate between the different woods.
Acacia grows around my house, so I got plenty of it.
Pretty soon, I will be experimenting with masau, marula and lemon (all fruit trees)

Our rainy season is from mid November to mid March, although it varies a bit per year. Normally, we get something like 350 mm, but this year we are over that already.
We are in a hot and dry area. The capital (Lusaka) is somewhat cooler as it is at a higher altitude and they average about a 1000 mm

01-24-2017, 04:20 PM
Interesting experiment. I would like to try something similar