Well I got around the cooking some of these ribs based on this recipe and the video at the top of this thread, Unity so graciously shared with us.
I went out and bought a slab of spare ribs untrimmed. I wanted to practice the training video I watched
I trimmed the slab up and cut it in half. I then rubbed them with this rub:
This recipe is for THREE RACKS!
[quote=Dr. BBQ]1/2 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup Big-Time Barbecue Rub (see recipe, p. 9)
Originally Posted by "Page 9":2euysvvi
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
1/4 cup granulated brown sugar
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon granulated onion
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 slabs of St. Louis style ribs, membranes off and washed
2 cups honey
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups apple juice
2 cups Sweet and Sticky Barbecue Glaze (see recipe, p.42)
[quote=Page 42]2 cups Thick and Sticky Barbecue Sauce (see recipe, p. 22)
Originally Posted by "Page 22":2euysvvi
... a KC-style ketchup- and molasses-based sauce
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon hot sauce of choice[/quote:2euysvvi]
Thanks to John and Jody for sharing.
I split the meat into two and the ribs went into the BGE and the trimming s went into the Char Grill gasser. I placed the ribs on the rack that was inside my cooking pan and placed that on the pizza stone. This is my usual setup as it keeps the direct infrared rays away from the underside oif the meat.
I was rushed as Melody was coming home from work and I wanted to serve them around that time, and I got a late start. My strategy was to trim the times and raise the temperature just a little to compensate. This does not work. The sugar in the rub will burn if you cook them too fast and it is unforgiving.
The cook went along with out a hitch. I must say that there is a lot of sugar in this rub and that means that you MUST NOT HAVE THE HEAT TOO HIGH! It will burn and turn black and nasty tasting! I finally turned off one side of the Char grill and placed the trimmings on the other side. This allowed them to cook a 300F which was a low as I could get the Char Grill to go. No Problem.
The Egg was slow to start because I had ash blocking the holes in the fire pot inside. This is not unusual, so I used my specially designed coat hanger to ream out the ash from the air holes in the egg. This allowed the fire to climb to 300 to 350 where I thought it would cook the ribs just fine. Indeed they were cooked but not falling off the bone when I pulled them off after two and 1/2 hours.
This is the majic of this recipe:
You take the partially finished ribs and put them in an aluminum foil pan with brown sugar and honey, AND THEN add APPLE JUCE. You then place an aluminum cap on the pan and replace them in the cooker. They boil for 90 minutes in this mixture of apple juice, brown sugar and honey. When I took them out they were falling off the bone, so much in fact that I had to be careful to pick them up with the tongs to place them on the grill for the third stage of the cooking.
The last finishing stage, about thirty minutes, is just placing your favorite sauce on them and letting it thicken a little before serving. They were falling off the bone and really tasty. There was no difference in the taste between the ones that were cooked on the gasser or the ones cooked in the egg. Both were heavenly, except they were a little dark because I cooked them a little fast.
This recipe is time consuming, but it works. I recommend it, but DONT CHEAT! When it says 275F, it means 275! It says 3 hours it means 3 hours! If you are running late as I did this is not going to allow you to hurry it up, so take your time and you will have a set of ribs that will make your eyes roll back in your head they are so good.
I am sorry I did not take pictures today, I was using a new recipe, and was hurring along and I just didn't have time to get the camera.