It's been awhile since I have posted (2 years I think!). Our staple has always been brisket. We got our method down long ago and although we occasionally try something new because we keep an open mind, we always end up back to our tried and true. We also do country style pork ribs some. DH likes smoked chicken, but I do not, so I have no interest in that.
But, the one thing we never tried was spare ribs. However, a week or so ago, hubby went home for the weekend and he and his mother cooked a few racks. He loved them. He brought home some leftovers and we warmed them up. I was not too fond of them. I couldn't exactly put my finger on it, but it was like the flavors were all too muted. In addition, it had some charring on it which I cannot stand. Dh said they were still good, but had been much better fresh.
In a few weeks, we are taking our smoker out to the lake, and just going to spend a relaxing Saturday camping out, having a few beverages, and cooking on the smoker. I figure this will be the perfect time to try out doing the ribs ourselves. Dh will probably stick to what he and his mother did, but I want to do something different on at least one rack.
Any recommendations for a first time cook for someone that does not like their ribs charred? (I think DH said they put them on a hot grill for a few minutes at the end.) I do believe in foiling and have so far exclusively cooked everything in pans (even if it is set up on a cooling rack to raise it off the bottom of the pan - just don't know if I could eat anthing that had actually sat on the grill itself). I've been going back several pages reading the threads... 3-2-1 -- Think this means 3 in the smoke, 2 in foil, and one back in the smoke? I've seen to spritz with apple juice. How often? I've seen threads on parkay/honey/brown sugar. How much of each?
I think the only thing that I can't modify is the smoker setting. We will probably keep it around 225-250 since we will be cooking a brisket.
So, any suggestions or any links you can provide for me as I dare to compete with my MILs ribs???
Thanks in advance!!