I did my 2nd set of ribs this weekend and it didn't turn out the way I liked compared to my first. Of course I was BBQing for a group
I did a dry brine with coarse salt followed up a few hours later with a "Memphis Dust" rub (Amazing ribs recipe) and sat overnight. Went on the smoker for almost 6 hours at temp set to 225f (varied between 225/250). Even though the meat was juicy and tender, the bark was very hard. Everyone gave me compliments but I was not happy with it.
There were only two major differences between the cooks. I went a little heavy on the rub and instead of 2 full racks (divded in halfs) I did three. I am just wondering if adding too much rub would make a hard bark? The only other thing I can think is since I have a small smoker, the edge of the meat was too close to the edge of the smoker.
J .That's the reason i bought a gently used 22.5 WSM, so I can lay 3 racks of ribs flat.
Just so happens I did some loin backs this weekend on Sunday.
Rubbed with McCormicks applewood rub right before they hit the smoker.
I wanted my target temp between 250-275 but it was hotter than blazes and when full sun hit it I was running 300- 325- 350.
This cook only ran about 3 hrs, not alot of pull back on the bones but they probed tender.
Final pick was before I sauced them with KC masterpiece and into a foiled pan then into the oven to hold for an hour.