Mmmm… smoked ribs – one of the great American traditions that seem to stand the test of time. It used to be if you wanted great smoked ribs you had to go out and that special place that cooks them just right. Now with all of the barbecue smokers on the market it is possible to get that same down home rib experience e-Zigarette.
BBQ smokers come in many varieties. There is the traditional charcoal and wood smokers that use charcoal or hickory as the main heat and smoke source. There are also water vapor smokers that combine either charcoal or propane as the heat source with container of water to add moisture to the ribs. Electric smokers have come on to the market lately and are super convenient for the everyday outdoor cooker.
Once you have decided on a good barbecue smoker, you want to go out and find yourself a nice rack of ribs. They can be either beef or pork ribs. Try and get a rack that has not been frozen and has a pink color to it. Buying the pre-trimmed ribs is a lot easier. Ask the butcher if he/she can do this for you if they are not trimmed.
When you get the ribs home, take the membrane off of the back of ribs the night before you will smoke them. This will make the ribs tenderer. You can use a knife to start the process and pull the rest off with your thumb and forefinger in combination with the knife to ensure all of the membrane gets separated.
To prepare the ribs for smoking, you’ll want to apply thin layer of either mustard or olive oil as a base coat for the dry rub. This coating will help the dry rub stick to the ribs better. After you coat the ribs, apply a good dry rub that you can either purchase or create from scratch. There are many good recipes online. After you have applied the dry rub store the ribs in the refrigerator overnight.
When you get ready to smoke the ribs, pull the ribs out of the refrigerator and let them get to room temperature. Pre heat your smoker to about 250 degrees. This is the ideal temperature to smoke ribs at. It’s a good idea to use a thermometer and place it where the ribs will go to get an accurate reading.
If you don’t have a water vapor type of barbecue smoker, you can use a mop to apply the moisture. You’ll want to use a mixture of forty percent cooking oil and sixty percent apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle. Let the ribs smoke for about 5 hours at 250 degrees applying the mop about every 45 minutes or so. Wrap the ribs in tin foil and apply a mop for the last 30 minutes. Make sure the damper is open to release the smoke otherwise the ribs will be bitter.
If you want barbecue sauce, you should apply it after the ribs are done. If you like your ribs dry then just pull them out the smoker and serve as is. That’s all there is to it! Happy smoking!