country style ribsHello and welcome to the June 2010 edition of the Smoking Meat newsletter.

As I do every month, I try to do something new, or I try to cover things that I have not covered in a while or I try to show you how to do something a little different. As it turns out, I was at my local grocer and they had the pork country style ribs on sale.. the boneless variety no less and I just could not help walking out with a few pounds of them.

As you may already know.. the country style ribs that we have here in our part of the country are not really ribs at all but rather the pork butt sliced up into long fat pieces of meat. There is plenty of fat to make it good for smoking and the cool thing is that it only takes about 4 hours to get them done.

We love doing these and I figure you will too. If you have not tried them then you should.. they are super simple. In fact, they are so simple I wondered if I should even write about them in the newsletter but then I figure they deserve as much of a chance to shine as anything else and for that reason they are front and center this month.

May 2010 Newsletter – How to Smoke Cheese

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Cherry Smoked Country Style Ribs


10 lbs Pork Country Style Ribs (boneless are best)
1 batch of Jeff's Naked Rib Rub

Prepping the Ribs for Smoking

Remove meat from package and lay them close together in a shallow pan such as a cookie sheet. At this point I would normally rub the ribs with a light coat of yellow prepared mustard to help the rub to stick however, I opted to spray on extra virgin olive oil instead. using the sprayable olive oil, I coated the top and sides of the meat with a good coat of the oil.

Adding the Rub for Flavor

I mixed up a batch of my famous rib rub and after eating a spoonful or two (yep, it's that good) I used my bare hands to just sprinkle the stuff all over the tops of the ribs. The oil helped the rub to stick to the meat. Once the rub started looking wet all over, I flipped them over to the opposite side and once again, sprinkled a healthy portion of rub all over the ribs. I wanted to let the rub sit on the meat for about 30 minutes before smoking them so I left them there while I went outside to the smoker ready.

Setting up the Smoker

For this cooking session, I opted to use my Weber Smokey Mountain smoker with charcoal and small cherry splits. I used about 10 pounds of unlit charcoal in the bottom of the smoker and about 3/4 of a chimney of lit charcoal on top.

I filled the water pan completely to the top, put the grates back into place and went back inside for the meat.

The Smoking Process

I had about 10 pounds of country style ribs and all of them were able to fit on the top rack of the smoker with a little space between each one to allow the smoke to be able to get to the meat with no problems.

I laid them directly on the grate and replaced the lid. I opted to use cherry for this batch of meat and had a small split which was about 2.5 inches wide and 12 inches long. I laid the split right on top of the charcoal and let her smoke away.

I kept the smoker at 225 throughout the process but for some reason the meat got done much faster than what I had anticipated. I was estimating about 3.5 to 4 hours but the meat was at 165-170 at just under 3 hours. I'm blaming it on the thunder storm that popped up where lightning must have struck the smoker and grilled the ribs to perfection when I wasn't looking!

No problem.. I was hungry and after testing a piece to make sure it was safe for the family, I took it all up in a bowl and brought it into the house for dinner.

How to Serve

In my opinion these will not need sauce however, if I have guests over I almost always serve warm barbecue sauce on the side. Some folks just have to have sauce and I try to accomodate them.

These country style ribs go great with mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, green beans sauteed with bacon, barbecue beans, slaw, etc. You get the idea.

As a lighter alternative, you could slice the meat into thin half dollar size medallions and place 10-12 pieces on top of a nice garden salad. cut them at a 45 degree angle to show off the smoke ring.

Final Thoughts on the Country Style Ribs

country style ribsI told you guys these were easy and it had been a while since I have smoked any of these. I actually forgot just how easy and tasty they are. I will say that there is quite a bit of fat that does not render out of these so you just go into it knowing that you have to gnaw around the fat a little but over all, the flavor is amazing.

The cherry wood was excellent and the 1/4 inch smoke ring was a real beauty.

These are perfect when you want to smoke something in a hurry or when those unexpected relatives pop in for a visit and you don't want to break out the prime rib. From prep to table in under 4 hours and that's not bad for what we call low and slow!!

I do think my rub made all the difference in these ribs.. occasionally I will buy something from the store labeled as rib rub or some amazing seasoning and it just never measures up to the flavor that I get from my own personal rib rub.

If you decide to smoke some of these up, shoot me an email and let me know how it goes.


My Recipes

Folks.. I never stop amazing myself at how good my rib rub is on various kinds of meat.

Whether it is ribs, brisket, pork shoulder or even something simple like chicken or chops, every time I use my rub and sauce I am blown away by the flavor all over AGAIN!

I always think to myself, "I sure hope everyone can try this.. it is too good to go through life never having experienced this!"

I am not being dramatic.. just try it and you will join the ranks of those who know if I'm lying then I'm dying! This stuff is Fan-flavor-tastic and you need it in a bad-bad way;-)

Here is a few testimonies from other folks who decided to go for it and are glad that they did. Be sure to send my your testimony once you try it and realize that you have just tasted of HEAVEN.
I would like to Thank You for the Rib Rub Recipe, I made this for my family and the results were unanimous, everyone said that the ribs were the BEST they ever tasted, and the meat was very tender and moist. I haven't tried the BBQ sauce recipe yet, but I will in the near future. ~ Jerome
Jeff, You truly are the man. Bought your rib rub and your sakes alive sauce and love them both. Keep up the good work helping people like me learn to cook good BBQ with smoke. ~ Matt
Jeff, I was smoking a Boston butt Saturday night for dinner Sunday and decided to try your bbq sauce. I have to say this is hands down the best sauce I've ever had and I've tried a lot of them. Its very easy to make, inexpensive and taste excellent. I will be using this recipe for a long time. ~ Doug
Just wanted to tell you I finally bought your rub and bb sauce recipe. They were as you said a big hit. Good job. Thanks ~ Marilyn

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