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Ribs this coming weekend

ewillieewillie Posts: 155
edited 7:03PM in EggHead Forum
My wife is going to a scrappbooking weekend in New York with her girlfriends next weekend. I decided after having my Large Egg since June and never cooking ribs, it was time to give it a try.

I plan to do some baby backs for three to four buddies, and I've read lots of posts here about cooking methods.

My question, if you were cooking several racks of baby backs for the first time, how would you cook them? Thanks everyone! Erik


  • If it were me, I'd do half with JH Pecan Rub and Half with DP Swamp Venom. Pre-prep with a light coating of mustard (I use F&W Sweet, Smokey Mustard) after removing the membrane. Then I would smoke at 250 dome, with Hickory and Apple chunks until they are foiling. BBs normally take about 6 hours this way. Spray with Apple Juice about every hour.

    Why? My wife and daughter love the sweet crust that the JH Pecan rub offers, and my son and I like some heat on ours, thus the Swamp Venom.

    Done for me = picking a rack up about halfway under the rack with a pair of tongs and the rack folds at nearly a 90 degree angle without falling apart. Good luck.
  • TomM24TomM24 Posts: 1,364

    Everyone has their favorite combo for a rub, sauce and smoke. For me its Dinosaur and hickory. If this is your absolute first try KC Masterpiece and Hickory is a good start and easily available. Since your doing three try a few combinations. Blues Hog and Sweet Baby Rays are popular.
  • Ribs take practice to find what works best for you. You can cook them exactly the same way twice and they will still come out different. I would learn how to cook them without foiling before attempting foiled. Then you can learn different combinations of cooking them and figure out what you like best. I would go with Austin Smokers advice for a first time cook....225-250 indirect until they fold like said....just keep an eye on them towards the end...

    Make sure you take the membrane off....very important.

    Here were the last ones I cooked...

    Good luck!
  • ewillieewillie Posts: 155
    Thanks Brad, I have both of those rubs, I even considered some JH Raspberry Chipolte on one rack.
  • ewillieewillie Posts: 155
    Those look great, thanks.
  • ewillieewillie Posts: 155
    Thanks Brad, I have both of those rubs, I even considered some JH Raspberry Chipolte on one rack.
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