Today was competition ribs practice. I’m working on some new flavors for the upcoming season and this was the first attempt with a new rub and sauce combination. It was also the first time I used the Smoke-EZ and BBQ Guru modifications on the Weber Kettle. With all these firsts, I was a little concerned, but everything worked out great.
I’m using a combination of Simply Marvelous Season All and Sweet Seduction. I wrap them up and put them in the refrigerator for about four hours.
I set up the charcoal in a half circle around the Smoke-EZ ring. This should give me plenty of burn time for this cook.
Then I added some pecan chunks and the water pan filled with boiling water.
I set the Guru to 275 degrees and when the temperatures leveled out I put on the ribs.
After one hour, I spritzed them with some apple juice.
After two hours I brought them inside and doused them with a concoction of melted margarine, honey and sriracha sauce.
I added some apple juice to the pan and covered it with foil.
I didn’t want to waste all the extra space the Smoke-EZ provides, so I seasoned up a few yardbirds and put them on the bottom rack before the ribs went back in.
So, an hour and a half more for the ribs and a brush of my new competition sauce and here’s how the ribs turned out.
The flavor was exactly what I was looking for. The sauce complimented the rub very well, and the Smoke-EZ and Guru mods performed flawlessly, a very successful practice for sure. The chicken turned out great too.