I want to cook some baby back ribs for my first cook on the SM045. I have watched and read numerous instructions but it seems that all use different temps. and times. Is there a simple easy to use recipe to get me started. What temp, and how long to cook, and do I put BBQ sauce on the ribs at some point? Thanks for your help!
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I use Meatheads Memphis Dust Dry Rub recipe (find it on Amazing Ribs website). He has a page with pretty good directions on how to do ribs.
After taking off the membrane, I put rub on, salt to my preference, let sit for a couple of hours in fridge. Put in smoker bone side down, put in 2 oz apple wood and 2-3 oz of cherry wood in wood box. Set temp to 225. After 4.5 hours I check for done. Usually have to go to 5 hr 15 min though to get done to bite off the bone done.
No water pan in or wrapping in foil, etc. I just put the ribs in and check the first time at 4.5 hours.
On my SM-066, I use 2 - 3 oz of peach wood chunks (whatever wood you have or you like will work, although I find mesquite too harsh for smoking anything), and cook at 225 for about 5 - 6 hours until the toothpick test works (toothpick slides in between ribs like into warm butter). They come out bite off, not fall off, the bone as I like them. Before cooking, I remove the membrane and I usually use Porkmafia Memphis Mud as a rub. I do not rub the ribs before hand, and I do not preheat the smoker. I never sauce ribs, or anything else I smoke, since I don't like BBQ sauce; to me it hides the flavor of the meat and is redundant with a good rub, but I will serve it on the side if guests want it. If necessary, I will pull the ribs when they are done and wrap them in heavy foil (I never foil during cooking) and keep them in a 150 degree oven until needed, up to one hour. Oh, and I start bone side down and usually flip them over about halfway through since I think that gives a better bark on the meat side. But the whole thing about BBQ is experimenting and deciding what you like. It is supposed to be fun! Good luck, and report back!
Thank you LonzinomakerCS and Jay1924. I am nor sure yet how to reply to your response to my post but I really appreciate it. It's comforting to know I have some great experience to learn from. Thank you both,
@BobKat - 225 is always my setpoint for ribs. ALWAYS get rid of the membrane!!! Trim to get a nice uniform rectangular slab (season and throw the scraps in the smoker for some good snacks about halfway through the cook).
I never use sauce or mop. Just some form of dry rub OR just plain old salt and pepper... I don't rub until right before the meat goes on the smoker.
The caveman in me likes to have to gnaw the meat off the bone a bit... Straight up cooking for 6ish hours usually accomplishes this. My wife however thinks the meat has to fall off the bone with zero effort, so I boil hers using the 3-2-1 method. A decent compromise is to go 3-2-1 but with butcher paper wrap ILO foil.
Can't wait to hear what you end up with!
Thank you jobiewan. Just assembled our SM045 last night. "Look-in to do some Smok-in"
First off go to the top of the page that you originally posted on and read the Ribs 101. This will get you started. The tutorial was written by a former forum moderator everyone knew as Smokin Okie. I have 3 racks of ribs going in today. I use Southern Succor rub on the ribs. You can find the recipe for the rub on line. I will smoke them at 250 degrees rib side down for 2 hours I like fruit woods for the smoke. I will check the ribs after 2 hours and look for meat pulled back off the ribs a little. I foil my ribs and use butter, brown sugar, honey, and Tiger Sauce on the ribs before sealing the foil tight. The ribs go on the foil bone side up so the foil seams are on the top of the bones. The wrapped ribs go back in the smoker with the meat side down and seam side up at 250 degrees for 2 hours. I pull out a foil pack and open it just enough that I can do a tooth pick test ( don't go through the foil on the bottom side. ) Once they are close to done I pull them out of the smoke, open the foil being careful not to loose and of the sauce in the bottom of the foil. Once the ribs are out, I use the sauce to baste on the ribs and then either put them back in the smoker to set the sauce, or I do a reverse sear on a hot BBQ grill basting the ribs as they sear.