Prepping St. Louis style pork ribs, from Tag'z 5 Star Meats, for tomorrow evening's smoking. Smoking one rack for Just-a-Pinch. They're an on-line recipe club based in Franklin, TN. They'll be on Fox 17 News, Nashville @ 6:30AM, July 2nd with several "July 4th" recipes. http://www.justapinch.com
|1 Tbsp||black pepper, fine|
|1 Tbsp||kosher salt|
|1 Tbsp||chili powder|
|3/4 Tbsp||garlic powder|
|3/4 Tbsp||onion powder|
|1/4 tsp||cayenne pepper|
Mix the above 7 ingredients together. Afterwards, apply a generous coat of dark brown sugar over the meaty side of the rib. Wrap in saran wrap and then aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.
During the time you're keeping them wet with the vinegar, go ahead and mix the rub ingredients in a mixing bowl. Afterwards, I'll lightly coat both sides of the ribs with pulp free orange juice. Next, I apply basic Yellow Mustard, lightly, to both sides of the slab/s. Lastly, I apply the "rib rub" (see ingredients above) evenly to both sides of the slab, the extra on the meat side. Now, it's time to wrap them in aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight. I keep them in the fridge for 12 - 18 hours. Cooking day: I'll cook the ribs for about 90 mins, not turning nor opening the cooker. You can spray the ribs with the Apple Cider Vinegar while they cook, if you wish, to help keep them moist. Then, I'll take them out and wrap them in aluminum foil for the next 90 mins. At the 3 hour mark, I'll remove the foil and cook the remaining time. Based on your temp, it'll take another 1 - 3 hours. When you start to see the rib bone exposed from the meat about 1/4 to 1/2 inch, you're getting close. I insert a toothpick between the meat and the bone. When the toothpick will push, easily, the full length of the toothpick down into the meat, you're very close to done. Note: If I'm cooking a rack wet, then I'll start to apply the sauce during the last hour or so of cooking. I don't mind if the sugar in the sauces blackens just a smidge.....