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Ribs on a Kettle

 
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MacEggs
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Location: Barrie, Ontario, Canada

PostPosted: Sun May 15 16 1:56 am    Post subject: Ribs on a Kettle Reply with quote

I normally cook ribs in the 250-300° range. Usually done in 4.5-6 hours depending on the weight of the ribs.

I always like to experiment ….

So, here goes the plan … Maple Leaf brand briquets were the choice for heat.

I decided to use my "half-moon" homemade charcoal basket. 29 un-lit briquets were laid out in a single layer.




I lit 29 more briquets and poured them into the basket and put 3 chunks of cherry for some smoke.






Just before putting on the ribs, the lid thermo was reading …..
Keeping in mind that this particular therm reads low … So, this reading is closer to the grate temperature.




I had some St. Louis cut spares on hand.
Out of the cryovac, it weighed 5 lbs, 12 oz including the "brisket" cut. I trimmed some of the visible fat.
They got my top-secret rub …. Fresh cracked pepper, plus fresh ground salt. Good ol' S&P.




The intakes were only open a smidge, and the cooker settled into 350°.
I did not need to fiddle too much with the intakes to maintain this level.






After one hour I took a peek … Also removed the "chef's treat" …
Seeing some decent bone recede, or pullback as some refer to as.
I am not a foil guy … For a number of reasons …. mainly, I'm lazy …. And, I do not think it's necessary. YMMV






After 1 hour 45 minutes, I saw some very nice bone recede.








I opened the intakes wide at 2 hours.




I laid the STL rack on the direct side for 5 minutes, then flipped it for another 5 minutes.






I removed the STL cut after close to 2 hours, 20 minutes total time on the grill.
Let it rest for maybe 5 minutes, then cut up some bones.














The "brisket" part stayed on for a total of 3 hours indirect.
I then removed it and covered it in foil for 10-20 minutes, then shredded the meat … removing any fat, cartilage, etc ….












I am very happy with these results.

The only problem … I didn't get to drink more beer ….

Low 'n' Slow lets that happen …. Cool Wink Wink Hot 'n' Fast … not so much … Sad Surprised Wink Wink
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-olllllllo-
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PostPosted: Sun May 15 16 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks real good there mac.

almost wish I never bought a kettle a couple years ago.....my smoker looks like a rejected, abused red headed step child.

and then I bought a cheapo kingsford kettle this year at walmart cuz its huge. dunno bout it yet, not sure if I like it or not.

but the lil weber has been cookin crazy since I bought it. low n slow, whole birds, butts, ribs you name it. hot n fast steaks, chops, burgers, brats again you name it lol.
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jess
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Location: Fl.

PostPosted: Sun May 15 16 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great looking cook. I agree hot & fast can ruin a perfectly
good beer session. My prettier half of over thirty yrs. still
believes that you have to watch good Q every minute so plenty of time to pick a few licks, down a ( few ? ) suds,
and watch the world go by... Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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MacEggs
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Location: Barrie, Ontario, Canada

PostPosted: Sun May 15 16 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for looking guys !!

-olllllllo-: Look at my signature under cookers ….
I only use the Weber kettles. They can cook anything. The UDSs rarely get used.
Haven't used a gasser in about 3-4 years, so my next door neighbour has it.


jess: I have discovered a problem … I drink them faster now … Very Happy Embarassed Wink Wink
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UDS & Mini UDS
Abby Normal ECB
Napoleon Propane Grill
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Maniac
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Location: Pa

PostPosted: Mon May 16 16 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MacEggs Looks good from Pennsylvania, I just sent a link of your cook to a friend that wants to try it both ways , Ill let him decide what he likes Wink
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-olllllllo-
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PostPosted: Mon May 16 16 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

think I gave away all my gassers bout 5 years ago to those with less patience and brains to use wood or coal. i'd love to have a ranch kettle but so dadgummed expensive.


MacEggs wrote:
Thanks for looking guys !!

-olllllllo-: Look at my signature under cookers ….
I only use the Weber kettles. They can cook anything. The UDSs rarely get used.
Haven't used a gasser in about 3-4 years, so my next door neighbour has it.


jess: I have discovered a problem … I drink them faster now … Very Happy Embarassed Wink Wink
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BigOrson
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PostPosted: Mon May 16 16 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing wrong with that. I regularly do 2 racks of baby backs in a rack hot and fast on my Performer. Can't really tell the diff, except for the womanly lecture on the liquid pork chops.
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