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Egging in the cold and lucky ribs

Three days ago, my husband looked at me and said, "Of course you're going to make your lucky ribs for the Eagles' game Saturday, right?" News to me that I make "lucky ribs." Got 9 inches of snow Thursday night and the temps never got past 20 Friday, but I went out  back, shoveled a path to the egg, refreshed the charcoal and cleaned out the ash. This morning, my husband and I decided to leave the car in a primo space that would disappear quickly and take the bus to the butcher. Missed the bus. Took a cab. Got two racks of baby backs plus ABT fixings. 

Went out and noticed that the dome thermometer read 700 degrees. Gee, that's funny. I didn't do a high-heat cook. Turns out it was so cold that the dial had traveled counterclockwise. Very odd. Working fine now.  

Started the fire and noticed absolutely no difference in the timing between 90-degree weather and 20-degree. Rubbed the ribs with Mickey's coffee rub, stabilized at 275 grate, 325 dome in a half hour with the plate setter in. The vents are open a bit more than normal, but just a bit. 

Anyone else out there egging/smoking in the cold? (And the Eagles better win.)

(Pics will follow.)
Owner of a large and a beloved mini in Philadelphia


  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,983
    Where are you located?
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • If he wanted ribs you should have made him shovel a path to the egg for you. Not egging today as we have a late Xmas party to attend

    NW IA

    2 LBGE, 1 SBGE, 22.5 WSM, 1 Smokey Joe

  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,211
    Dang-I don't know your or your husband but somehow he is one lucky SOB.  I will refrain from further comments other than "Go Eagles".  Enjoy the ribs-and great post!
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • jlsmjlsm Posts: 980
    Henapple, Philadelphia. My husband is nothing but chivalrous, but he manages a retail store in a large very poorly heated tent in Philly's Christmas village, working in the cold for six weeks. I didn't have the heart to ask him to shovel. 

    The ribs took three hours. This is the second time I've used a compromise between low and slow and turbo, and both batches have been excellent. 


    And though I know it doesn't mean much, I still take pride in the smoke ring.

    Owner of a large and a beloved mini in Philadelphia
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 6,155
    you should be pride, great story and awesome ribs!
  • Ribs look great. Sorry though, 20 degrees isn't cold.....
    Fighting Sioux Hockey
  • jlsmjlsm Posts: 980
    Well, they weren't lucky after all.
    Owner of a large and a beloved mini in Philadelphia
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