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Smoked ribs with the Smokenator

Sunday, 21 August 2011 17:23 by nico

Some weeks ago I ordered a Smokenator 1000 for my Weber Kettle Grill, but I haven’t been able to use it until yesterday due to the rotten weather we’ve had in Belgium in this summer.

The Smokenator is a piece of metal that helps you in converting your standard grill into a smoker. That’s really nice if you don’t have the space or money to buy a bullet smoker.

The creed of a smoker is “low and slow”; indirect cooking at low temperature for a couple of hours will give a tender and flavourful meat.

For this first attempt at cooking spare ribs with the Smokenator, I rubbed them with Uncle Joe’s (I mixed the Chipotle and Honey Mesquite rubs together to give a sweet and slightly spiced flavour).

I put them in the smoker on a rib rack for 2 hours and I used oak and beech as smoke wood and coconut briquettes for the fire.
Then I wrapped them in aluminium foil and put them back in the smoker for a bit less than 2 hours.
After that, I unwrapped them and put them back on the rib rack for a bit less than an hour, and let the water pan empty to dry the surface.
Finally I basted them with barbecue sauce (using the Uncle Joe’s Chipotle/Honey Mesquite rub as a base) for the last 15 minutes of cooking.

I managed to keep the temperature around 110-115°C during the whole process. The meat was falling off the bone easily and was really tasty and tender with a nice smoke ring ! The Uncle Joes’ rub and BBQ sauce were giving an extra sweet and spicy taste to the meat.

In conclusion, this first try was succesful ! Next time I think I’ll add a bit more smoke wood.. but I definitely want to try smoked brisket !

You own a Weber ? You wanna try to smoke meat or fish ? Get a Smokenator !


Smoked Ribs - 1 - Rub
Rubbed with Uncle Joe’s Honey Mesquite and Chipotle

Smoked Ribs - 2- 1h Smoking
After one hour of smoking

Smoked Ribs - 3- 2h Smoking
After 2 hours of smoking (they look burnt but they aren’t ;))

Smoked Ribs - 5- Dry Finish 
Putting the dry finish…

Smoked Ribs - 6- Saucing
Before saucing with Uncle Joe’s !

Smoked Ribs - 7- Good to go
They’re good to go !

Smoked Ribs - 8 - Yummy
So yummmmmmmmmmmy…

Smoked Ribs - 9- Bones
That nothing is left !

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