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TX Sandman
07-04-2008, 07:30 AM
My son's request, actually. I asked him what he wanted for dinner one night and he said, "Steak, or ribs." Dang, tough choice. :msn-wink:

Went with ribs, so it was a trip to the store and onto the kettle. 2 racks of back ribs, enough for the family. Got some mac-n-cheese and a vegetable tray for sides. Time to get started.

No pics of prep work, as I got started later than I like, but I pulled the membrane off, gave a light mustard slather, and added the rub. 1 rack got a coating of First Timer's Ribs rub. It's a Raichlen recipe from his Ribs book, but I'll post the recipe and a link to it in the Rubs section later. The other rack was given a coating of Pork Powder, a new rub I've been wanting to try. (Good stuff. Thanks, Bill!) With only 2 racks, I just pinned the tops with toothpicks so they'd stay upright.

Cooking process was simple. Used Bob, cooked indirect at 330 for about 1:45. Foiled for 10 minutes to rest. Served w/o sauce.

Sweet cherry blue. I'm so used to stronger smoke, though, I didn't use enough. Next time, a couple more chunks.
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Here they are on Bob. My family loves the texture of the ribs when I cook 'em indirect. They're not tough, but there's a great bite, and they still come off the bone clean.
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Just before their foil rest.
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First cut's the hardest. They just look too purty.
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And served. If youi look closely, you can see the tester in the upper left corner. It passed the wife test, so we're good to go.
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I'd give you a plated pic, but that was it. We ate off the counter and out of the pot. The ribs were done at 6:30pm, but my kids are used to eating earlier. They were hungry (especially the 2-yr old), so I served the mac and veg tray early. They ate and were happy, so the adults waited in peace. Karen was worried about us being bad role models, until I told her "There aren't any kids out here to see us, and I'm a guy, and the dad. Teaching them to eat over a sink or off the counter is in my job description." :msn-wink:

BTW, got compliments from the wife, and the next day from the MIL over the leftovers.

Willkat98
07-04-2008, 07:46 AM
Perfect timing!!!!

I am doing ribs tonight for the MIL. Today is her berfday ( how cool is that)

I love kettle ribs!!

Thanks Rob, and glad your results came out good. Glad you liked the Pork Powder. Couple others on my list are getting it too. MAybe a follow up to the Daddy Hinkles test?

Don't ask me to post the story of how I tried to get in bed with my mother in law last year.

Oy, vay!

PigCicles
07-04-2008, 08:18 AM
Nice job Rob! Those look great to me. My plans for the weekend changed a tad, but am planning on ribs today and brisket some time later in the weekend.

It's always a good thing when the wife and MIL give ya the ol :thumbs up:

Thanks for sharing.

cbucher
07-04-2008, 09:13 AM
nice looking ribs

Florida Bill
07-04-2008, 09:56 AM
Really good looking ribs Rob! Good to hear that the wife and MIL also enjoyed them. And by the way Chi - Bill, that story of your trying to get in bed with your MIL sounds very interesting ... perhaps even strange .... but I'd like to hear it. :msn-wink:

BlazerQue
07-04-2008, 01:40 PM
Looking good.