Everyone has their own secret to recipes for barbecue. However, here is ONE thing you should TOTALLY AVOID when smoking ribs.
Ribs are part of barbecue culture. From the 3-2-1 method to cooking them straight over the coals with no wrap, everyone has their own way to cook ribs. And smoking ribs is really no secret. We have pitmasters share their secrets of how to smoke the perfect ribs. Shoot, even some cook whole hog (even though this may not be for everyone).
Ribs are something that is manageable; probably more so than a whole hog. That doesn't mean you still can't screw them up. According to one pit master, there is a very common way home cooks prepare ribs that you should avoid at all costs.
Keep Your Ribs Away From Water
Yes, we are in 2022 and people are STILL boiling ribs or par boiling before smoking. There can be some advantages to it. SOME claim you get a more tender meat when ribs are parboiled. However, it can come with some DISADVANTAGES as well.
Sometimes, people don't finish the ribs on the smoker long enough and you get a boiled meat with a touch of smoke. This is not what smoking ribs is all about. Now, I am not shaming anyone for boiling their ribs (you do you, when it comes to barbecue) but the whole point of cooking pork over an open flame is to get the delicious and smoky flavor.
When you parboil ribs, you don't get the same texture or smoky taste. Instead, cook your ribs the way they were designed to be cook and take your time to smoke them over hot coals. This will give you the flavor, and honor, of the entire cooking process.
In addition to eschewing boiling, I would recommend getting some trademark rib rub from some of the best rub makers out there. Kosmo's Q, Meat Church, TX Brew and Barbecue are some great choices to name a few!
That's all I have to share today so until next time, make sure you eat well, you do well, and serve good food!