Thursday, April 22, 2010

Smokehouse Maple Ribs

I smoked a half rack of pork spare ribs last night specifically to take to work today for lunch. I decided to try the Smokehouse Maple rub from the free sample pack that I got from McCormick's. [Standard Product Review Disclaimer]

The first thing I noticed was their use of coarse ground spices and herbs. That is something I do with my home made rubs, because IMO, the coarse grind concentrates and intensifies the various flavor. They also had texture.

I smoked the ribs for 3 hours at 250f (the temp at the grate level was about 225f).

When first learning to smoke spare ribs, I used the easy 3-2-1 method. This year I haven't been using foil at all and have had very good results.

But this half rack was so thick and I was short on time so I wrapped them in foil and cooked for another hour at 250f. The down side is that this steams the ribs. The upshot is that it cooks them faster, helps speed up the rendering of fatty tissue, and makes them tender.

Then I took them back out of the foil, brushed lightly with some Blues Hog Barbecue Sauce mixed with Blues Hog East Tennessee Red. I let them cook for about 30 minutes more.

Finally just before 10pm last night, I had hickory smoked ribs!

Man they smelled so good and dinner was 4 hours earlier....

Hmmmm, there were 5 ribs for lunch the next day for Alexis and me. 2 ribs a piece would be fine but how would we split that 5th rib?


So in order to maintain marital bliss at lunch the next day, I ate that 5th rib right then and there! :) :0

I was impressed by the flavor that this rub delivered. I was afraid it was going to be too sweet based on the smell but it did bring just enough heat to balance the sweetness. I'd definitely use this again.

25 comments:

  1. Sounds great, I'll defintely have to be on the lookout for that rub. Hope it works well on baby backs cause I've got the motherload of them in my freezer!

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  2. All in the name of keeping the piece uh? I meant to spell it that way, you'll get it! I'm gonna have to try this, this McCormick line makes it so easy for us lazy cooks, love the marinades too!

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  3. Your ribs look amazing! I don't know if I would pick a maple rub because I don't care for maple flavor in bbq, but who could resist using a free sample?? I'm sure the smokey, sweet and spicy flavor was wonderful :)

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  4. Wow, that was so nice of you to eat that gorgeous 5th rib.

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  5. Droooooool . . . good looking ribs. That's what I want for supper (and lunch tommorrow). Good job saving your marriage - that's what I call sacrifice.

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  6. Well it's good to know you liked the rub. Because I consider you far smart than I'll ever be about those things than I will ever be. So I leave the testing to you. Then I come here for the lowdown. PS Eating that 5th rib was the right thing to do. Now had you eaten all five, I would be singing a whole 'nother toon. The tune that starts with "get out of Dodge, man..." GREG

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  7. These smoked ribs looks and smell great! I haven't had ribs in so long, shame on me because they are so good! Thanks for the reminder!

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  8. I wish I could smell them now cuz man they are looking mmm mmm good

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  9. I am glad to hear about this rub. I thought it sounded interesting. I'll have to look for it at the grocery store next week.

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  10. LOL - perfect solution! Eliminating that pesky 5th rib was a great way to fix the dilemma. I happen to love BBQ ribs and would have been the one grabbing that rib to make it even.

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  11. Ooooh, those ribs look like the kind that are irresistible.

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  12. Love how you wanted to maintain the marital bliss, LOL! These ribs look delicious! Sorry I've been such a slacker commenting this week, busy times. Of course I did read about the awesome chops and excellent fries but had to do it in quick catch up mode.

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  13. Great looking ribs. I love how you maintained the marital bliss. That would have been my way of handling it as well.

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  14. Ummm please look that way while I swipe your leftovers! YUM!

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  15. This girl loves some ribs and those look perfect! Yum.

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  16. Those ribs make me almost weep they are so beautiful

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  17. I'm with you on coarse ground spices..ribs were picture perfect!

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  18. Beautiful, but I hate Maple syrup/flavoring. I don't think I can get past that. :(

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  19. LOL, that 5th rib was a nuisance from the beginning. Ribs for lunch???? ohmy, how delicious. It's usually salads or smoothies for me. I save that scrumptious stuff for the weekends.

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  20. Five, only five? Now I know you are a skinny bottomless pit down there in TN!

    Hey did I just read that you are a 'rubber' :)

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  21. The things we do for our marriage! Those ribs look outstanding. How much of the rub flavor remained after you hit them with the blueshog?

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  22. Great. Now I'm craving ribs and not a rib in sight!

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  23. It was definitely best that you ate that left out fifth rib;D They do look mouthwatering and I'm crazy about maple- yum!

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  24. Ribs are a serious weakness of mine. I can usually control myself around meat. But pork? Covered in maple flavor? In rib form.

    You can't hold me down.

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  25. These ribs literally just made me drool. NICELY DONE!

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