eRe"Waiting, watching the clock,...... She dreams in colour, she dreams in red, "- Better Man by Perl Jam or excerpts of it and yes when I saw that this was todays word of the day I have been humming the song . I may have dated the era I grew up in :P but hey. Today is mostly going to be spent waiting and watching....
First waiting on the Charcoal to get started and ready to dump out of the Chimney. This is my preferred way to start the charcoal and this is lump charcoal. I find for my cooking style it works better because I can have it burn longer and at a lower consistent temperature. Ok time to wait on that so I will make use of my time and make a simple rub .
Brown sugar, Salt, Pepper,Garlic and Onion powder, Cumin, Cayenne,Ancho Chili, Mustard Powder and oh yea Paprika sounds good cannot forget a bit of Oregano (Mexican is best regular works). Just a simple blend I usually have stored in the cabinet but well I was out so I had to run to the House of Russ to blend up some more hehe.
I trimmed up the ribs. The membrane on the back and some of the excess fat. Then I dusted them with my freshly made run and patted it in. Then it was time to wait for the rub to set up on the meat and pull a bit of moisture out of it.
Charcoal is ready dumped it closed the lid on the grill and waited to see where the temp was reading on the grill. 325F Holy smokes too hot so well lets wait and go ahead and make my variation on KFC Coleslaw ... Crap no buttermilk oh well I do have powdered buttermilk for emergencies and this fits the bill so make the slaw and clean up. Grill is at 275F so bit too hot still . So I rest for a few then do a few chores . Temp check 250F a bit hotter than I want but rain is in the forcast so lets gamble and start them.
The wet look to the ribs is some of the excess moisture being pulled out of the ribs which causes the brown sugar to form a sticky liquid that will trap the smoke :) or at least this is todays story that I am sticking to . Pun maybe intended.
Now for the next 5-8 hours I will check on the tempature and spray the ribs with some basting liquid (apple cider vinagar and red wine vinegar). In about 3-4 hours I will wrap them in tin foil and proceed to the next step of the cooking process. If it is not raining cats and dogs I will update the post then. So now if your reading this before then you get to wait to see the next step :).
Ready to wrap.
Terible photo but this is more or less the items that I use on the ribs before I wrap them. The pink bottle is a mix of cider vinegar and red wine vinegar that will go in right before I wrap it up. Butter then honey then a bit more of the rub.
Then it goes back on the grill to wait some more.
Potato salad in process of being made.
After hours of waiting the ribs are finally done and they were delicious.