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Old 01-01-2009, 02:45 PM   #1
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BBQ gurus. Please help.

Hey yall. I got two racks of babybacks from the navy base and smoked them today on the WSM as usual, but they tasted and looked like ham... What caused this? The package said enhanced with 10% water and seasalt. any comments welcome.. What a waste of money.. I put half of them in a pot of pinto beans.....








Ham colored and flavored ribs

Salvaged for a pot of pinto beans
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:28 PM   #2
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You'll find your answer in the 10% enhanced. They've basically been cured. The enhance is a very high salt solution and leaves the ribs tasting like ham. Also a good deal for the merchant as they get to charge meat prices for salt water. I don't buy anything enhanced.

Did you also by any chance use a high salt rub on your ribs and allow to sit for a few hours or more before cooking. That would also give the rubs a hammy taste.
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I didn't let them sit out too long with rub on them.. It must have been the 10% salt water crap.. Man they tasted weird. I only tasted them. Oh well.. I better get more canned laughter for this video...
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Ouch! I would hate that after all that work.

But it sure is a good lesson for the future.

Thanks for posting it.
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Old 01-01-2009, 04:01 PM   #5
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Well I dont know why yall are naggin about the ham flavor. Ham tastes good. I dont do bb's but I buy only strictly enhanced spares Hormels if available. They mo like bacon on a stick but maybe a little hammy too. The judges like em will testify on that score. Now they could have also slipped a little cure in those rubs too. Some misguided folks think that is a good idear for some reason. Mainly yankees of course.

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Old 01-01-2009, 04:18 PM   #6
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The reason they tasted like ham is because you didn't use WRO on them!

Like Dallas said, they're enhanced.
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I'm with Big Wheel. I think you'll find that most people who don't frequent BBQ boards actually prefer the taste of enhanced ribs over regular ribs. Kind of like fall off the bone ribs. BBQ types claim they are over cooked - but your neighbors will love them. I guess it all depends on what a person is trying to accomplish. Cooking enhanced ribs with no additional rubs makes for a real crowd pleaser. The other "purpose" of enhanced ribs is that they are more forgiving - in that they come out more tender more often.

With all that said, it looks like you put them to real good use!!!!
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The other "purpose" of enhanced ribs is that they are more forgiving - in that they come out more tender more often.
That's exactly why meats are enhanced.... Because the general public will generally over cook meats.
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The main reason, $3 or $4/lb for salt water greatly enhances the bottom line!
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The main reason, $3 or $4/lb for salt water greatly enhances the bottom line!
Tru dat!
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