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Contest Rib Practice andTaste Test (Long)


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Posted by Dave in Okla on January 13, 2012 at 23:20:23:

I worked on my Contest Ribs Today.

I used a pack of Sam's Club Ribs which is usually pot luck on quality and consistnent size as most on here already know.

I wanted to try some different rubs with my (Trigg) Method of Parkay Brown Sugar foil 3-2-1

FEC 225 using Absolute Wood Pellets (Which are 50/50 Hickory & Oak),for 3 hours on top rack Then pulled and topped with the individual toppings below and foiled and returned to top rack and heat kicked up to 250 for two more hours. Then remove from foil, back on FEC to finish then sauce and back on to set the sauce and then off of FEC to rest then cut and serve..

Ribs Finished Great. Good Bite and Overall I was very Pleased.

The Tale of The Tape:
All ribs were around 2 1/2 lbs after trimming (estimated)

Sauce Used on all slabs was equal Parts of Blues Hog Original and Blues Hog Smoky Mountain Sauce.

Slab #1
Initial Rub
Butchers Honey BBQ
Topping
Tiger Sauce
Parkay
Brown Sugar
Foiled in Apple Juice Approx 1/2 Cup

Slab #2
Initial Rub
Plowboys Yardbird
Topping
Peach Preserves
Parkay
Brown Sugar
Sprinkle coat of more Yardbird
Foiled in Apple Juice Approx 1/2 Cup

Slab #3
Initial Rub
Butchers Honey BBQ
Topping
Smokin Gun's Sweet Heat
Parkay
Brown Sugar
Sprinkle Coat of more Sweet Heat
Foiled in Apple Juice Approx 1/2 Cup

I invited five of my friends to come and eat the ribs. I gave them 1 rib from each slab one at a time and asked them to make notes on what they tasted and what the liked and to pick which one they liked the best. NOTE: All I asked them to judge was taste as they aren't KCBS Judges or anything like that. I know all had the KCBS Bite for doneness. I did'nt put them in a box no no appearance judging only Taste.
I did not tell them what was on each slab and asked them not to talk between themselves about their experience and which one they liked overall.

While all of them said they really liked all three samples, they each had one that stood out above the rest.

And the unanimous winner was.........SLAB #2 by a large margain from the other two slabs.
It was interesting that There were three females and two were males (I didn't take part) that came to this individual but unanimous decision of Slab #2.

Here are a couple of the pictures.

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Credit my Wife for the Pictures since she actually captured the smoke around the slab while I was brushing on the Blues Hog.

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[IMG]http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL733/3871897/23996827/400509526.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL733/3871897/23996827/400509519.jpg[/IMG]

After I started my cook, UPS delivered my Simply Marvelous Cherry Rub which I still want to try along with a mixture of Plowboy's and Butcher's Honey Rub and still use the peach preserves.


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