Ribs for dinner this afternoon.
I very seldom cook ribs because there are several places nearby that do up hickory smoked ribs very well. I maybe only do it once a year.
I donít even have a smoker with an offset firebox.
However, I decided to do it today.
I donít have any pictures because my son (who is home on leave from the Army) took the camera to a friendís house yesterday and forgot to bring it home.
I cooked them on my R2D2 type smoker. It has an electric heating element and a water tray. It is not as good as a firewood smoker. After cooking for several hours I put them on the gas grill to give them a good sear.
A few things about ribs.
First of all I use spare ribs and not babybacks. Spare ribs have a better flavor and they are a whole lot cheaper.
Second of all there is a magic touch needed to cook good ribs. You do not want it to be fall off the bone because usually by that time the ribs are dried out. You want them to be tender but not dried out and it takes a little experience to know when you get to that point.
I will give you my secret recipe for good sauce. For many years I made my own from scratch but nowadays you can buy some sauce at the supermarket. I like Sweet Baby Rayís myself.
I have a good addition to the sauce. It is Dr Pepper. I take a large bottle of Dr. Pepper and I reduce it over medium heat to about one third of the original volume. I then add in the BBQ sauce and few dashes of hot sauce. It has great flavor and makes a great glaze. Try it sometimes but be sure to use regular and not diet Dr Pepper.