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4 hrs 30 mins
The ultimate smoked baby back ribs at home. Just as good as any smoke house that you'll go to. An amazing recipe that was adapted from a cooks illustrated article.
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- 2 (2 lb) racks of baby-back pork ribs or 2 (2 lb) loin ribs
for the brine
for the rub
- 1Combine the salt, sugar and water in a large plastic container or non-reactive stock pot.
- 2Place ribs in brine and refrigerate for one hour.
- 3Meanwhile, combine all rub ingredients except sugar and grind into a green thick liquid with a food processor, blender or immersion blender.
- 4Remove ribs from the brine (after the hour) and pat dry with paper towels.
- 5Brush or rub green liquid over both sides of the ribs, sprinkle with sugar and wrap tightly with plastic wrap.
- 6Place in refrigerator for a minimum of one hour, but preferably 4 hours, you can go overnight for a really flavorful treat.
- 7Wood/Charcoal method: Soak 2 large chunks of hickory in water. Light about 40-50 coals or you may also use an equal amount of dry hickory chunks for an intense smoke flavor.
- 8Do not use lighter fluid, a fire starter chimney is the best method.
- 9Once coals are covered with a gray ash push them over to one side put the soaked hickory chunks on the coals and replace the grate, form a pan with some heavy aluminum foil large enough for the rib, put it on the cool side of the grill, place the ribs in the"pan" add about 1 cup of water and put the cover on the grill with the holes over the meat.
- 10Turn the meat 180 degrees and over every 30 minutes.
- 11Add some more coals/wood in about 2 hours.
- 12Smoke ribs for a total of 4 hours.
- 13Gas Grill: I don't recommend this as it can leave a very slight chemical gas taste to the meat, but it does work.
- 14It's the same basic technique as the charcoal method, light the grill and turn off half (or 2/3rds) of the burners, use soaked hickory chips in a throw away aluminum pan on top of the hot side of the grill.
- 15For either method the temp inside the grill should be around 275°F with a total cooking time of 4 hours.
- 16Serve with your favorite bbq sauce. Se like Lee Lee's Famous Barbecue Sauce for Ribs W/ Preserves, Lee Lee's Famous Barbecue Sauce for Ribs w/ Preserves.
- 17Brush some on the meat for the last 5-10 minutes of the cooking process if desired.
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Nutritional Facts for Hickory Smoked/Bbq Baby Back Ribs
Serving Size: 1 (1504 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 1386.7
- Calories from Fat 910
- Total Fat 101.1 g
- Saturated Fat 29.9 g
- Cholesterol 312.9 mg
- Sodium 14574.4 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 33.7 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
- Sugars 31.7 g
- Protein 86.9 g