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

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phlmaestro
Cheeseburger
2013/05/27 21:26:58
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!
post edited by phlmaestro - 2013/06/15 21:09:40
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/05/27 22:26:08
Beautiful!
myterry2
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/05/27 23:33:48
Please, please invite me over next time...I'll bring the ribs.
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/05/28 14:48:37
Looks good!
agnesrob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/05/28 18:58:21
Really nice!
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/05/28 19:40:01
Bravo, Maestro!
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/05/28 19:54:47
A big YUM to you!
phlmaestro
Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/05/28 22:16:31
Thanks for the comments!
 
Next up, in a couple weeks: My first pork butt.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/05/29 10:11:30
Mouth watering!
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/05/29 17:13:36
They look fantastic! BTW those aren't St. Louis Ribs, they are Spare Ribs, in any case the look mouth watering! Great job!!
phlmaestro
Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/05/29 20:31:32
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
Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/05/30 02:12:28
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
Sirloin
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/05/30 12:38:47
Everything looks PERFECT!
 
You're now hooked.
 
I see a Big Green Egg in your future. 
brisketboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/05/30 13:07:10
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.
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/05/30 17:26:34
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
Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/05/30 18:05:21
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
Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/05/30 18:15:20
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
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/05/31 15:30:27
It looks like Chewy has some competition on the East Coast..........Good job, looks great.................pnwc
phlmaestro
Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/05/31 15:59:28
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
Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/06/01 16:30:38
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
Junior Burger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/06/06 08:13:53
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
Sirloin
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/06/06 08:59:01
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.

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daddywoofdawg
Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/06/06 11:11:47
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.

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wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/06/06 11:17:38
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.

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starfire62
Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/06/06 12:30:56
? 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
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/06/06 13:19:17
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
Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/06/06 14:18:54
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.
post edited by phlmaestro - 2013/06/06 14:20:01
starfire62
Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/06/06 21:46:50
i have a bbq pro kettle grill .i'm gonna go buy some dividers like yours.thanks for the reply and help
Mosca
Filet Mignon
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/06/10 14:55:14
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
Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/06/15 21:15:31
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:
 
 





post edited by phlmaestro - 2013/06/15 21:21:22
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/06/15 21:21:59
Great job and it looks good to me.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
Dianaesd
Junior Burger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/07/04 12:00:34
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
Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/07/04 13:16:45
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
Junior Burger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/07/04 14:18:12
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
Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/07/04 14:20:30
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.
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/07/04 14:21:14
A chip-filled foil packet can be used, too:
http://www.grillingcompan...moking-on-a-gas-grill/
bartl
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/07/04 16:26:57
I suspect that smoking on gas should be as good as smoking on charcoal, as it is the smoke that is key.
 
Bart
Wintahaba
Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/07/04 17:10:47
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
Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/07/06 07:46:43
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.
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phlmaestro
Cheeseburger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/07/06 12:35:12
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
Junior Burger
Re:Smoked Pork ribs on my charcoal grill 2013/10/07 01:16:02
yumm... It's looks so juicy. Everything is just perfect.