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Hickory Nut Ribs

Cpt'n CookCpt'n Cook Posts: 1,917
edited 9:53AM in EggHead Forum
This is the remains of a rack of Sams' Babybacks. Cooked for 4 1/2 hrs at 250 indirect and 300 for the last half hour sauced. They were smoked heavily for the first 45 min. with handfuls of Hickory nut shells added every 10 minutes or so. Lots of smoke instantly.

Don't know if it was the shells or not but these were the best ribs I have ever cooked. 5 hrs, no foil.


BTW which foto looks best, the rib pic looks too dark on my aging LaCie monitor and the Nut shells exposure looks about right on it to me?


  • EggsakleyEggsakley Posts: 1,017
    Nuts look about right exposure wise, but the ribs do look delish. :)
  • how do you add the wood as it's cooking? I've done it by using gloves and lifting the platesetter but would love to hear a different method if there is one.
  • Cpt'n CookCpt'n Cook Posts: 1,917
    I just kind of scooped them in on the open sides of the platesetter the shells were small enough to fall through the grill. Positioned them with my jiggle rod. I am sure they all didn't burn gut they made instant smoke.
  • NoVA BillNoVA Bill Posts: 3,005
    Hey Cpt'n!

    Great lookin' ribs. I have a large number of hickory trees on my property - just wondering did you crack the hickory nuts and what did you do with the meat? I understand hickory nuts aren't very tastey except to pigs hence the name Pignut Hickory.

  • Cpt'n CookCpt'n Cook Posts: 1,917
    I cracked them myself, a pain. They are very tasty and great for cooking. I freeze some and eat some. We had so many this year the ground under one tree was completely covered with them. I am sure most of them will have dried up before I get them cracked. They smoke so fast you can smoke a burger :laugh:
  • Ribs look good but you're right they may be a little underexposed.

    In essence unless everyone has a correctly calibrated monitor each person is going to see things in a slightly different way.

    Here's a good article covering Firefox and the picture on that page really give a good example.

    And for a more detailed read:
  • Cpt'n CookCpt'n Cook Posts: 1,917
    Thanks, that's a good idea. I did go in and installed the cms. I guess it slows things down a bit but I got nothin but time anyway. I am running a Mac and generally bring my photos into IPhoto. They look great on my Nikon screen but look very dark in IPhoto, I think that is where the problem may be. I edit them in Photoshop.
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