Baby Back Ribs-Memorial Day Weekend

Picked up two racks of baby back ribs at Costco.  I tend to prefer Costco over the local Wegman’s because they remove the silverback for you, saving prep time.

For the past couple of years I’ve gone with the 2-2-1 method (2 hours unwrapped, 2 wrapped and 1 unwrapped) at around 225-250 degrees.

You really can’t go wrong here, they always taste fantastic but I wanted to try more “competition-style” where they are tender but don’t completely fall off the bone  [only where you bite], so I decided to mix it up a bit.

Picked up some new rubs at the local BBQ shop (Mason-Dixon BBQ services; www.mdbbqservices.com)

Meat Church

Coated the Ribs with EVOO and the rubs [~80/20 Wicked Que/Honey Hog BBQ]

Pre-heated the Kamado Joe to 250 degrees, heat deflector and water pan in place and apple wood chucks.

Let the ribs cook at 250 for 3 hours before opening the lid.  At that point I  sprayed them with 50/50 (Apple Juice/Apple Cider Vinegar)  and every 30-45 minutes moving forward

Here is what they looked like after 3 hours:

Ribs

We had a party to get to and the ribs still needed to soften up a bit so I did use the Texas Crutch (wrap tightly in aluminum foil) after the 4.5-5 hour mark.   Before you close them up though, spray liberally with the apple juice/apple cider vinegar, spray butter and drizzle with honey.

Kept them wrapped in alumnuim foil for ~40 minutes, unwrapped then placed directly on the grill grate.

At this point I coated them with some fantastic BBQ sauce (Big Bob Gibson-who just won the Memphis in May Championship again).   I dilute with alittle bit of apple juice before applying.

BBQ sauce

Continued this for the next hour (coating every 20 minutes).   Pulled the ribs off (~6 hours total grilling time).

On Point BBQ ribs

Came out perfect, nice smoke ring, tender yet enough structure to hold up.

Happy Memorial Day!!!

-OnPoint BBQ

Kamado Joe Beef Brisket

Picked up an 8LB brisket from Costco Friday afternoon.

Trimmed the fat cap just enough so there was a think layer left.

Covered liberally with yellow mustard and used the Dizzy Pig Cow Lick Seasoning for this Brisket [note: I want to try Meat Church’s Holy Cow for the next one].

Dizzy Pig Cow Lick Seasoning

After applying rub I placed the brisket in a metal tray, covered with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge overnight.   I prepped the Kamado Joe with Royal Oak Lump Charcoal so I would be ready to go in the early AM.

5:00 am (Saturday).   Took the brisket out of the fridge to warm up a bit.  Although I have read that a colder meat develops a better smoke ring.  Fired up the Kamado Joe, got it up to temp (~225 degrees).   Added a few chucks of hickory wood, put the heat deflector in place along with an alumnium water tray (filled half way).

5:30am:  Put the brisket on the grill. Fat side DOWN.   Temp of grill holding steady at 225 degree.  Before closing the lid I sprayed the brisket with Spray butter and a 50/50 mixture of apple juice and apple cider vinegar.

Note: Temp monitored with an igrill2 thermometer.

7:30 am: Meat temp = 157 degrees.   Climbs fast initially (Don’t Panic) it will slow down considerably soon.

8:00 am:  Beginning of the stall (164 degrees)

11am: Still in the stall period.   Took picture, filled up water pan and sprayed with butter, apple juice/apple cider vinegar mix.

Brisket Onpoint

1:30pm: Grill temp around 265 degrees, meat temp 179 degrees.

3:45pm: Meat was stalled at around 180-184 degrees, decided to implement the Texas clutch (wrap in aluminum foil) to reach the 195 degrees faster [people were coming over].  Sprayed with the above mentioned mixture before wrapping (tightly)

4:45pm: Meat reached 195 degrees, wrapped in a towel and placed in a cooler that was prewarmed with hot water.

6:30pm:  removed from cooler and sliced against the grain.   Beautiful smoke ring and the meat was very tender.

Important note: If you keep the water pan from drying out by periodically adding water/beer you will end up with great Au jus.   Don’t throw this out.  Filter through strainer and save to drizzle over the meat.

Final product pics (Best brisket I’ve done yet, tender and moist throughout.

Served with the Kansas City and Mustard BBQ sauces which I have blogged about previously (Search the site for “Kansas City” or “Mustard Sauce” and you’ll find the recipes.

On Point Beef Brisket

Beef Brisket

Another onpoint BBQ meal!!  Just wish the Rangers didn’t blow a 2 goal lead with 3 minutes to go in their game.

-Dave

Lunch: Baby Back Ribs

I must say. Fun to be back grilling and blogging.

Picked up this rack of baby back ribs at Wegmans. I removed the silver skin from the back of the ribs using a butter knife and paper towel (important step).

I then coated the ribs with extra virgin olive oil and rubbed with Dizzy Pig’s “Swamp Venom” and “Raising the Steaks” spice.

I preheated my Kamado Joe (Bessie) to 220-225 using peach wood. Smoking under indirect heat with heat deflector and aluminum pan filled with water in place. As mentioned earlier for baby backs I use the 2,1,1 method (2 hrs unwrapped, 1 hr wrapped and 1 hr unwrapped) exclusively and it never fails.

Here is a pic after 2 hrs and right before wrapping in foil. Used spray butter to coat ribs, drizzled honey and sprinkled some brown sugar.

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After 1 hour at 220-225 wrapped. The ribs were unwrapped and coated with Kansas City Style BBQ sauce. I usually coat again with 30 minutes left into the cook.

After 4 hours total time, this is what they look like. Perfect. Enough texture to stay on the bone when you pick them up but comes right off when you bite into them. Just what you want.
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Lunch time!!

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Pork butt up next….Stay tuned

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Turkey Sausage Calzone

A bit of a delayed update here but better late than never. Was looking to mix things up and try something new on the KJ.
I had some leftover pizza dough which I had frozen from a previous pizza night. The dough freezes/stores well and easily thaws if kept in the ridge overnight.
Dough recipe is simple and as follows:
1 1/4 cup warm water
1 pkg. active yeast
1 TBS Sugar
1 TBS Thyme
1 tsp salt
3 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
Mix water, yeast, sugar and oil in a bowl. Add flour and salt. Knead for about 10 minutes, add little bit of flour or water as needed for desired consistency. Place in oiled bowl and cover for 30 minutes. Roll out flat.

Calzone: we picked up some already cooked group turkey sausage but you can use uncooked and just brown before adding to calzone
1 Cup cooked ground turkey sausage
1 Cup Ricotta Cheese
1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1-1.5 Cups Fresh Broccoli

Mix ingredients well then pile it up in a line on one side of the dough. Carefully roll dough, tucking in the sides until it resembles a log (see pic below). Poke holes with fork on top, brush with olive oil and sprinkle dough with garlic powder

Preheated Kamado Joe (Bessie) to 500 degrees with the heat deflector and pizza stone stacked on each other (give ample time for these to pre-heat for crispier crust). Sprinkle pizza stone with corn meal to avoid sticking.

Grill for about 20 minutes or until brown.

Remove and let cool for 10-15 minutes. Cut and Serve.

This was really good and very quick. Great way to use extra pizza dough and can easily be modified with the toppings or fillings of your choice.

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