Smoked Pork ribs (and Pork Butt) on my charcoal grill

Author Message
phlmaestro
  • Total Posts : 345
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 3/15/2006
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
Smoked Pork ribs (and Pork Butt) on my charcoal grill - Mon, 05/27/13 9:26 PM
0
After rubbing three racks of St. Louis cut pork ribs (from Costco) over night, I set up my kettle charcoal grill for indirect heat with a couple steam-drip pans. I used a mix of apple wood and hickory and mostly lump charcoal with a little regular mixed in. I cut each rack of ribs in half for logistical reasons:

 
I went with the three-two-one method, although I didn't keep them on for a full hour with the sauce at the end:



 
I was very happy with the results. There was a nice level of smoke, the ribs weren't dry, and the flavor was very good:

 
With baked beans my friend made and mac-and-cheese made by my wife.
 
I'm loving this new hobby!
<message edited by phlmaestro on Sat, 06/15/13 9:09 PM>

Twinwillow
  • Total Posts : 4895
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 4/15/2006
  • Location: "Big D"
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Mon, 05/27/13 10:26 PM
0
Beautiful!

myterry2
  • Total Posts : 526
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 4/15/2007
  • Location: Lake Forest, IL
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Mon, 05/27/13 11:33 PM
0
Please, please invite me over next time...I'll bring the ribs.

EdSails
  • Total Posts : 3546
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 5/9/2003
  • Location: Mission Viejo, CA
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Tue, 05/28/13 2:48 PM
0
Looks good!

agnesrob
  • Total Posts : 1790
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 6/4/2006
  • Location: Park Ridge, NJ
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Tue, 05/28/13 6:58 PM
0
Really nice!

ScreamingChicken
  • Total Posts : 4710
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 11/5/2004
  • Location: Stoughton, WI
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Tue, 05/28/13 7:40 PM
0
Bravo, Maestro!

Twinwillow
  • Total Posts : 4895
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 4/15/2006
  • Location: "Big D"
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Tue, 05/28/13 7:54 PM
0
A big YUM to you!

phlmaestro
  • Total Posts : 345
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 3/15/2006
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Tue, 05/28/13 10:16 PM
0
Thanks for the comments!
 
Next up, in a couple weeks: My first pork butt.

ann peeples
  • Total Posts : 8317
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 5/21/2006
  • Location: West Allis, Wisconsin
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Wed, 05/29/13 10:11 AM
0
Mouth watering!

chewingthefat
  • Total Posts : 6093
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 11/22/2007
  • Location: Emmitsburg, Md.
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Wed, 05/29/13 5:13 PM
0
They look fantastic! BTW those aren't St. Louis Ribs, they are Spare Ribs, in any case the look mouth watering! Great job!!

phlmaestro
  • Total Posts : 345
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 3/15/2006
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Wed, 05/29/13 8:31 PM
0
chewingthefat


They look fantastic! BTW those aren't St. Louis Ribs, they are Spare Ribs, in any case the look mouth watering! Great job!!

 
I don't know if the ribs were butchered at Costco or pre-packaged at another facility. They were labeled as St. Louis ribs. But I can see what you're talking about in the photos. They looked a little more evenly cut when they were in the package.

daddywoofdawg
  • Total Posts : 299
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 2/23/2011
  • Location: Starkweather, ND
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 05/30/13 2:12 AM
0
They are ST. Louis ribs.St. Louis is a cut not a type.It means the chine bone has been removed leaving the rib meat and the rib tips.
Yes those are Spare ribs which is a cut of meat.but they have a St.Louis trim to them.Otherwise they are called full/whole spares.
The meal looks good,wish I could find ribs with meat on them around here! 

mar52
  • Total Posts : 7590
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 4/17/2005
  • Location: Marina del Rey, CA
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 05/30/13 12:38 PM
0
Everything looks PERFECT!
 
You're now hooked.
 
I see a Big Green Egg in your future. 

brisketboy
  • Total Posts : 1055
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 6/11/2007
  • Location: Austin, TX
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 05/30/13 1:07 PM
0
What was the rub used if I may ask? Seems I cannot find a decent rib rub. Some guy at work said to try Gordon's Grub Rub. I did and it has way too much salt. I tried to make one from a recipe in one of my BBQ books and it also was not very good.

chewingthefat
  • Total Posts : 6093
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 11/22/2007
  • Location: Emmitsburg, Md.
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 05/30/13 5:26 PM
0
brisketboy


What was the rub used if I may ask? Seems I cannot find a decent rib rub. Some guy at work said to try Gordon's Grub Rub. I did and it has way too much salt. I tried to make one from a recipe in one of my BBQ books and it also was not very good.
Google Riley's spices, try the All Purpose, it has won many awards, I use it here on the Ribs and Pulled Pork!


phlmaestro
  • Total Posts : 345
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 3/15/2006
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 05/30/13 6:05 PM
0
brisketboy


What was the rub used if I may ask? Seems I cannot find a decent rib rub. Some guy at work said to try Gordon's Grub Rub. I did and it has way too much salt. I tried to make one from a recipe in one of my BBQ books and it also was not very good.

 
I mixed the rub myself by just looking at a number of recipes on-line and making slight adjustments to a few that were similar. It has salt, regular and brown sugar, pepper, garlic and onion powders, cumin, paprika and either chili powder or cayenne pepper or a little of both (depends on what I have handy when I'm mixing it).  I use pretty close to equal parts of all of the ingredients with maybe a little extra white sugar, salt and pepper.

Root-Beer Man
  • Total Posts : 331
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 1/9/2006
  • Location: Noblesville, IN
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 05/30/13 6:15 PM
0
If you don't make your own rub, to your taste, and you can order it there's one out of Indianapolis called Mudflap Jones that's pretty good. I use it on Steelhead trout I get from Sam's Club and it's great. Not too much salt. Haven't used it on ribs, (I usually make my own), but I bet it would taste just fine on them. It's a tasty rub. Their chili mix isn't half bad, either, if you like chilli with a touch of sweetness.
 
http://mudflapjones.com/products.htm

pnwchef
  • Total Posts : 2227
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 3/16/2011
  • Location: Kennewick, WA
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Fri, 05/31/13 3:30 PM
0
It looks like Chewy has some competition on the East Coast..........Good job, looks great.................pnwc

phlmaestro
  • Total Posts : 345
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 3/15/2006
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Fri, 05/31/13 3:59 PM
0
Thanks again for the nice comments. I really appreciate all the encouragement.
 
I'm planning on getting a smokenator to make my job a little easier (I would imagine it's better in terms of keeping the heat as indirect as possible) in the not-too-distant future. I'll probably wait a couple years to get an actual smoker.

Root-Beer Man
  • Total Posts : 331
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 1/9/2006
  • Location: Noblesville, IN
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Sat, 06/1/13 4:30 PM
0
phlmaestro


Thanks again for the nice comments. I really appreciate all the encouragement.

I'm planning on getting a smokenator to make my job a little easier (I would imagine it's better in terms of keeping the heat as indirect as possible) in the not-too-distant future. I'll probably wait a couple years to get an actual smoker.

I've got a Brinkmann's that's gathering dust. I use my Weber, like you did, more than I ever use the smoker.

jorenmathew
  • Total Posts : 28
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 4/25/2013
  • Location: Frankfurt, XX
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 06/6/13 8:13 AM
0
What is the recipe of BBQ. ? I want to participate in competition, I want to make this BBQ in that.Please share the recipe with me.

wanderingjew
  • Total Posts : 7379
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 1/18/2001
  • Location: East Greenwich/ Warwick, RI
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 06/6/13 8:59 AM
0
jorenmathew


What is the recipe of BBQ. ? I want to participate in competition, I want to make this BBQ in that.Please share the recipe with me.

Sure, its Spam, spam and more spam....
 
Just go away

daddywoofdawg
  • Total Posts : 299
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 2/23/2011
  • Location: Starkweather, ND
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 06/6/13 11:11 AM
0
wanderingjew


jorenmathew


What is the recipe of BBQ. ? I want to participate in competition, I want to make this BBQ in that.Please share the recipe with me.

Sure, its Spam, spam and more spam....

Just go away

? what is?Missed something.

wanderingjew
  • Total Posts : 7379
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 1/18/2001
  • Location: East Greenwich/ Warwick, RI
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 06/6/13 11:17 AM
0
daddywoofdawg


wanderingjew


jorenmathew


What is the recipe of BBQ. ? I want to participate in competition, I want to make this BBQ in that.Please share the recipe with me.

Sure, its Spam, spam and more spam....

Just go away

? what is?Missed something.

Just from his non-sensical gibberish, I thought that would be a dead giveway.
This spam artist is increasing his post count so he can spam the board...once he reaches the count threshold.
He has posted that he attended one of our monthly boston meet ups which he obviously never attended.

starfire62
  • Total Posts : 220
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 5/18/2008
  • Location: west seneca, NY
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 06/6/13 12:30 PM
0
? for you.how far do you keep the meat away from the heat and where did you get that divider for your wood and charcoal.i think i"m using too much charcoal and too close to the meat   thanks

ScreamingChicken
  • Total Posts : 4710
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 11/5/2004
  • Location: Stoughton, WI
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 06/6/13 1:19 PM
0
Starfire, what kind of grill are you using?  It looks like Phlmaestro used an empty charcoal basket to keep the coals to 1 side but I like to use Weber charcoal rails for that purpose.

phlmaestro
  • Total Posts : 345
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 3/15/2006
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 06/6/13 2:18 PM
0
Screaming Chicken is right. Two of those metal charcoal baskets came with my grill. I used them the conventional way once, but I've decided I prefer the setup in the photo. As I mentioned in an earlier post, this will become a moot point when I buy a smokenator, which I expect to do before the end of the summer. 
 
For those not familiar with it, the smokenator was designed only to fit Weber charcoal kettle grills and they make the task of using indirect heat easier by having the charcoal go into a cordoned off charcoal compartment. It also has a built in spot for a water/steam pan, which they provide.
 
But to answer Starfire's question, I just keep the meat as far away from the charcoal as is logistically possible. Cooking three racks of ribs made it difficult to keep it all as far away from the heat as I would have liked to, but I was still happy with the way the ribs came out.
You can buy those Weber charcoal baskets separately, by the way. I think they only come with the 26 inch model of the One-Touch grill, which is the model I bought.
<message edited by phlmaestro on Thu, 06/6/13 2:20 PM>

starfire62
  • Total Posts : 220
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 5/18/2008
  • Location: west seneca, NY
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 06/6/13 9:46 PM
0
i have a bbq pro kettle grill .i'm gonna go buy some dividers like yours.thanks for the reply and help

Mosca
  • Total Posts : 2929
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 5/26/2004
  • Location: Mountain Top, PA
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Mon, 06/10/13 2:55 PM
0
I've heard a lot of great stuff about the Smokenator. And although I use the Big Green Egg for all my outdoor cooking, I'm thinking about getting a Weber for direct grilling. The Egg is great for some things, but I want that real grill sometimes, too.

phlmaestro
  • Total Posts : 345
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 3/15/2006
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Sat, 06/15/13 9:15 PM
0
I smoked that pork but last night into today. It was a nine-pounder and it took 18 hours. That was with foiling it for the last few hours. At around 1 p.m. today, I concluded that the meat wouldn't reach my target temperature in time for us to eat dinner at a reasonable hour unless I foiled it. But it turned out very good. Again, I used apple wood and hickory:
 
 





<message edited by phlmaestro on Sat, 06/15/13 9:21 PM>

Sundancer7
  • Total Posts : 13385
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 7/18/2001
  • Location: Knoxville, TN,
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Sat, 06/15/13 9:21 PM
0
Great job and it looks good to me.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

Dianaesd
  • Total Posts : 14
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 6/16/2013
  • Location: Near Jax, FL
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 07/4/13 12:00 PM
0
Dumb question....we don't have a charcoal grill-just a gas grill.  Is there ANY way to use it on these pork ribs?

phlmaestro
  • Total Posts : 345
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 3/15/2006
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 07/4/13 1:16 PM
0
I've never smoked on a gas grill, but I'm pretty sure that you can use one for smoking if you get a wood chip box with holes in it (like this one:  http://www.amazon.com/Cha...mp;keywords=smoker+box )
 
I don't think smoking with gas would taste quite as good as using charcoal, but it should still work. Maybe someone else on here  with experience at it will read this and give you more advice.

Dianaesd
  • Total Posts : 14
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 6/16/2013
  • Location: Near Jax, FL
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 07/4/13 2:18 PM
0
Thank you, phlmaestro!  I do know how to use foil to make a wood-chip packet....just wasn't sure that the gas could/would do it like the charcoal does.

phlmaestro
  • Total Posts : 345
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 3/15/2006
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 07/4/13 2:20 PM
0
You might want to try Youtube and search for something like "smoking ribs on a gas grill."
 
I learned a lot by watching videos on there.

ScreamingChicken
  • Total Posts : 4710
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 11/5/2004
  • Location: Stoughton, WI
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 07/4/13 2:21 PM
0
A chip-filled foil packet can be used, too:
http://www.grillingcompan...moking-on-a-gas-grill/

bartl
  • Total Posts : 1208
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 7/6/2004
  • Location: New Milford, NJ
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 07/4/13 4:26 PM
0
I suspect that smoking on gas should be as good as smoking on charcoal, as it is the smoke that is key.
 
Bart

Wintahaba
  • Total Posts : 109
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 7/12/2011
  • Location: Fox Valley, WI
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Thu, 07/4/13 5:10 PM
0
I have the smoker tray and rotisserie burner option. It works fine (add some more chips i/2 way through perhaps) but I find it uses a good amount of propane for a 3 hour smoke. I also have a commercial thermo  i use to gauge temp, not the one on the grill.

3 Olives
  • Total Posts : 101
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 1/14/2012
  • Location: Charlotte, NC
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Sat, 07/6/13 7:46 AM
0
Nice looking ribs!
 
My favorite rub because it is simple and excellent:
 
Chris Lilly's Six-time World Championship Pork Shoulder
Recipe By : Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson's
Serving Size : 0 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories :

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
-------- ------------ --------------------------------
For the pork shoulder rub
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup paprika
1/3 cup garlic salt
1/3 cup kosher salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano leaves
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon black pepper
I substitute turbinado sugar or sugar in the raw for both sugars and omit the kosher salt.
Are you a member of http://tvwbb.com/forum.php ?

phlmaestro
  • Total Posts : 345
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 3/15/2006
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Sat, 07/6/13 12:35 PM
0
Thanks!
 
I don't belong to that forum. But a couple people have recommended it to me. I'll get on there soon. Thanks for the recommendation.

marteenhook
  • Total Posts : 35
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 9/11/2013
  • Location: Strasburg, CO
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill - Mon, 10/7/13 1:16 AM
0
yumm... It's looks so juicy. Everything is just perfect.