Tips to Create the Perfect Smoked Ribs

St.Luois Ribs

 

 

SMOKING:  When smoking meats such as ribs, the smoking wood you use should be used in moderation, just like salt.  Too much smoke will overpower your meat. A fruit wood such as apple or cherry is a good choice. You won’t run as much of a risk of overpowering the meat or making it bitter. Pick your wood for your meat.

Ribs on the smoker

COOKING TIME:  For cooking times longer than 2 hours, most meat will benefit from wrapping in foil. For example, a pork rib that will take 4 to 5 hours to cook should be wrapped after 2 ½ hours.  This will help tenderize the meat, and maintain the moisture. It wont be dry.

FLAVOR FOR THE MEAT:  Season the ribs with Swimmin’ in Smoke’s Radical Rib rub before cooking. Feel free to add a couple of tablespoons of apple juice, grape juice, or even cola to add some flavor and to help achieve that beautiful tenderness you are looking for in the perfect rib. (and, despite what you may have heard, “fall of the bone” ribs are overcooked. Look for a rib with a bite that pulls cleanly from the bone and doesn’t take all of the meat with it!). Also remember that yellow mustard is your friend!  A light coat of mustard will help tenderize as well as adding some flavor- but you won’t get the “mustard” taste.

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SAUCE: If you want to add sauce, only add it during the last few minutes of cooking and allow it to “set” on the meat.  Sauce your ribs and put them back on the cooker for around 10 minutes. Too much heat or adding sauce too quickly will over caramelize the sauce and add that burnt sugar flavor.

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GRILL: Almost any grill can be made into and indirect smoker for longer cooking times.  For a charcoal grill, simply build your fire to one side of the grill and cook on the other.  Placing a small pan with water or apple juice underneath your food will also help with this effect. Or use a smoker.

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TEMPERATURE: For most rib recipes, 250 degrees is a great temperature for smoking.  At this temperature, a St. Louis cut rib will cook in approximately 5 hours, wrapping it after 2 ½ hours, and you will have that juicy, tender perfection your looking to serve! Remember, there are many ways to cook ribs, this is just some tips that I have

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Have you ever wondered where the ribs come from? What is the diference bettween baby backs and spare ribs?

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Degree of Doneness for BEEF

Raw Rib Eye

Cooking times and temperatures vary with the method of preparation used, the size and shape of the Beef cut and the desired degree of doneness.

To ensure food safety in cooking hamburgers, a temperature of 160° F is recommended, or until the middle is no longer pink and the juices run clear.

Very Rare

125–130 °F

Rare

130-135 °F

Medium Rare

135–140 °F

Medium

140–150 °F

Well

150–160 °F

Very Well Done

160+ °

Test roasts for doneness using a meat thermometer placed so the tip is in the center of the roast, not touching bone or resting in fat. Remove the meat from the oven when the thermometer registers 5-10° F lower than the desired doneness, as the temperature will rise after it comes out of the oven. A quick-read thermometer can also be used in roasts and is often used in testing steaks for doneness.

Award Winner!! Chik Bait

NBBQA “Award of Excellence” Winner 2015

NBBQA Recognizes Locally Made Hot Chik Bait as “Award of Excellence” Winner

Swimmin’ in Smoke takes home high honors at NBBQA national conference

NAPERVILLE, Ill.  – March 9, 2015 — The National Barbecue Association (NBBQA) announced today that local product Hot Radical Rib was among the top winners in this year’s Awards of Excellence competition, earning 4th place in the Barbecue Dry Rub & Seasoning – Southwest category. The award was announced at the organization’s annual conference held March 4-7 in Nashville, Tenn.

The annual competition recognizes the very best barbecue products in a number of industry categories, and the winners were selected from among 450 total submissions.

“BBQ enthusiasts from all over the country come here to measure their products against their peers,” said Roy Slicker, association president. “It’s a competitive field with top-notch products, and a NBBQA Award of Excellence medal is quickly becoming one of the most coveted awards in the food service industry.”

 

NBBQA “Award of Excellence” Winner

NBBQA “Award of Excellence” Winner

ABOUT THE NATIONAL BARBECUE ASSOCIATION (NBBQA)

Founded in 1991, the National Barbecue Association (NBBQA) is the only trade association dedicated to the business of barbecue. The NBBQA’S goals are to promote the recognition and image of the industry, facilitate effective networking and alliances of industry resources, provide informational and educational resources that foster new business opportunities for its members. For more information, visit www.nbbqa.org

Award Winner!! Radical Rib

NBBQA “Award of Excellence” Winner 2015

NBBQA Recognizes Locally Made Hot Radical Rib as “Award of Excellence” Winner

Swimmin’ in Smoke takes home high honors at NBBQA national conference

NAPERVILLE, Ill.  – March 9, 2015 — The National Barbecue Association (NBBQA) announced today that local product Hot Radical Rib was among the top winners in this year’s Awards of Excellence competition, earning 1st place in the Barbecue Dry Rub & Seasoning – Caribbean/Jerk & Mediterranean/Herb category. The award was announced at the organization’s annual conference held March 4-7 in Nashville, Tenn.

The annual competition recognizes the very best barbecue products in a number of industry categories, and the winners were selected from among 450 total submissions.

“BBQ enthusiasts from all over the country come here to measure their products against their peers,” said Roy Slicker, association president. “It’s a competitive field with top-notch products, and a NBBQA Award of Excellence medal is quickly becoming one of the most coveted awards in the food service industry.”

 

NBBQA “Award of Excellence” Winner

NBBQA “Award of Excellence” Winner

ABOUT THE NATIONAL BARBECUE ASSOCIATION (NBBQA)

Founded in 1991, the National Barbecue Association (NBBQA) is the only trade association dedicated to the business of barbecue. The NBBQA’S goals are to promote the recognition and image of the industry, facilitate effective networking and alliances of industry resources, provide informational and educational resources that foster new business opportunities for its members. For more information, visit www.nbbqa.org