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I seem to run into this dilemma of how to make ribs. We have provided you all with the guide of how to smoke some Competition Style BBQ ribs but a lot of people (especially Caitlin), like the fall off the bone texture better. Well I have a solution as easy as 3-2-1!
So let’s get started!
First off we need to trim off all of that gross membrane of the back and apply our rub just as before. In case you forgot from the BBQ ribs recipe here are the steps:
So what you’ll want to do is take a dry paper towel and find a piece of the membrane that is somewhat loose (or take a butter knife to slide under and pry upwards) and peel off the membrane. If you’re lucky you can get it off all in one pull, or if you’re not, you will need to go back for more.
Once you get the membrane removed it’s almost time for the rub down. Before you do that we’ll want to make sure that our rub sticks to the meat as much as possible. Coat the ribs with either vegetable oil (Matthew recommended) or yellow mustard (Andrew recommended). Sprinkle the rub onto the meat and pat it in until all of the meat is covered, including the sides. (Make sure you don’t actually “rub” it into the meat, as this will cause it to cake up and the smoke won’t penetrate the meat well). Cover with saran wrap and put it in the fridge overnight. We set our ribs on indirect heat with some wood chips of your preference (I used mesquite) at 225-250 degrees and leave them alone for 3 hours (no peeking).
Next we want to take the ribs off the grill and sauce them up, then wrap them in foil with a dab of butter. The reason we are now wrapping them with liquid is to more or less steam them to have them get that fall of the bone texture. Next, place them back on the smoker for 2 hours. After 2 hours, remove from the smoker and remove the ribs from the foil. Be careful when you remove the foil as you will see the bones will be sticking out which is because that the meat is now so tender it is falling off the bone. (Success!)I now re-sauce them and place them back on the grill (without foil) for an additional 1 hour. This allows them to firm up a little and develops the bark on the outside to keep them together.And there you have it ribs as easy as 3-2-1! You will find these ribs are so tender that you can remove the bones before you even serve them. I actually removed the bones and threw it on a piece of bun and made my own McRib with actual ribs! Just toss the ribs on a bun with onion and pickles and you’re set! Also what makes this nice is you can still make ribs the traditional way (BBQ Competition Style) at the same time. You simply wrap some in foil for those who like that fall off the bone texture and leave the rest alone if you want that traditional competitive BBQ style where you have to take a good bite to get the meat off the bone.
BBQ ESSENTIALS (3-2-1 BBQ Ribs (Fall Off the Bone Style) Edition)
Meat used: Two racks of St. Louis cut ribs
Seasoning: The BBQ Brothers All-purpose BBQ Rub
Wood Used: Mesquite
Grill Temperature: ~225-250 F
Meat Temperature: None, until bones easily fall out of meat
Smoke time: ~6 hours
- Peel off membrane to start
- After 3 hours of smoking, sauce up the ribs, wrap in foil and add a dab of butter. Place back onto the smoker for 2 hours. Then remove from foil, re-sauce, and add back to smoker for 1 hour without foil.
So let us know what you think….did this recipe smoke the competition or go up in flames?