I smoked some spare ribs last Sunday.
I love to eat them, but out of all the things I smoke, I feel like I'm most inconsistent on my spare ribs.
I never really know how best to fit them on my Weber Kettle.
I use my Web Rib Rack. Sometimes I leave the ribs pretty much whole. Sometimes I cut them in half.
Sometimes I place them down the middle with charcoal on each side. Sometimes I only have charcoal on one side of the kettle.
I never really know if I should trim them up or just dump them on the smoker.
Sometimes I go a bit hotter and less time. Sometimes I do more of a traditional 3-2-1 method.
They always turn out wonderful, and I think Sunday's version turned out the best, but I'm not sure I've figured out the best way.
Sunday, I did trim up the ribs into mostly a St. Louis cut. I applied my SheppyBrew rub to all parts and cooked the trimmed parts at the same time.
I used my Web Rib Rack down the middle of the Kettle with coals and both sides.
I cooked a little lower temperature than usual and mostly did 3 hours on the smoke followed by two hours wrapped.
At the end, I applied barbeque sauce for about an hour.
Pretty much the 3-2-1 method.
I really liked the color.
The ribs were pretty much falling apart by the time I took them out of the wrap.
They turned out juicy and delicious. Personally, I would have liked them a little less tender / fall-off-the-bone, but I was fine with that.
Everyone enjoyed the ribs, and I do think this was the best batch I've made so far. I think next time I'll try charcoal on just one side of the kettle.
I'll continue to experiment on ribs.
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