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6/1/10 1:24 AM
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Mullet @ Heart
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I had 2 racks of babybacks that were about to expire, so I figured I'd toy around with them a bit.

First I rubbed them very lightly the night before. My rub is a little too spicy for a thin meat like ribs. Works wonders on pulled pork though.

I started my cook by smoking them for 1.5 hours with hickory and pecan.

Then I double-wrapped them in heavy duty aluminum foil and cooked them for an hour, spritzing with apple juice twice.

From there I rubbed them down with honey and cooked them for another hour.

After that I put the BBQ sauce on and cooked them without foil for another 30 minutes.

This was all done in the BGE at 250 degrees.

Probably my best ribs to-date, but not as good as they could have been (best eva). What would you have done differently?
6/1/10 6:04 AM
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Kevin Curtis
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Do you finish them off over direct heat to caramelize the sauce?
6/1/10 3:22 PM
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Sounds similar to what I do. I made 6 racks of baby backs this weekend and they were the best I've made so far.

Used a simple rub of salt, white sugar, brown sugar, garlic, paprika, and cayenne
  • Smoked in my WSM for 3 hrs using hickory chunks/ Kingsford
  • Sprayed w/ little aple juice/ apple cider vinegar. Sprinkled brown sugar and wrapped in foil. Back on for 2 hours
  • Sauced all racks then put them on direct heat for about 30-45 minutes
Done

What also helped IMO is I curled the racks meat side out and kept them in place with a wooden swewer. If I lay the ribs flat, the ends seem to burn from the heat coming up the sides of my WSM. They need to make a rectangular Weber Smokey Mtn.

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6/2/10 6:09 AM
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With the honey and BBQ there's a lot of sugar there to potentially burn, but the only other thing to try is maybe switch the 30 minute open cooking to a shorter time on a hotter fire to just char the outside a little?  If you like that kind of thing, which I do.  
6/2/10 4:58 PM
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MichaelVronsky
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 seems like a long time for honey to cook?
6/3/10 12:19 AM
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Mullet @ Heart
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The honey didn't hurt at 250 wrapped in foil, but I'm not convinced it did any good either.
6/3/10 11:04 AM
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 lol, at least it didnt hurt!

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