Today’s post comes to you on a Tuesday instead of the standard Monday because I was tired Sunday night.
With the time it takes to edit up a video, even poorly, Monday probably isn’t going to happen anymore.
It’s been another long week and longer weekend, but it was a really good weekend.
Saturday we hosted a birthday bash for myself and a bunch of friends. I decided to use the opportunity to fire up the smoker for the first time. I’ve never used a smoker before, it was a fun learning experience. Just like any other modern activity, it began with skipping through clips on YouTube. As with politics I listened to the parts I thought would help me and skipped through any advice I didn’t particularly care for. What do experts know anyway?
I decided on a dry rub with the ‘add moisture as it starts to dry out’ method. I mixed up a few spices to create ‘Jed’s Rub’ patent pending and powdered that bad boy up. Well I started to and then remembered to remove the membrane. It was a little strange but I did successfully pull off the built in plastic wrap. Then I did the powda. I tried to actually rub it on per the name but it kind of clumped up so I scrapped that idea. Wrapped the ribs up and threw them back in the fridge while I worked on the fire.
I did not get any proper wood for this event so I grabbed a bag of charcoal and some hardwood from my pile in the back. I don’t even know what kind it was, Oak or Maple probably. I just know it wasn’t from the goat pen. Got the coals fired up no problem and threw the wood on top. Once the whole shebang was up to 250 I tossed the ribs on. This probably wasn’t my first mistake but I think the smoke was still too smokey when I threw them on.
From there I did my best to maintain the temp by adding too many coals and too much wood at one time every time. I also kept the moisture in the meat up by adding a mix of some oils, vinegars, juices, and of course the Jed Rub.
All in all it turned out pretty well. Meat fell off the bone just fine, tasted pretty decent. I asked around for some honest feedback and was told I need to work on the flavor. Just means i gotta try it again!
If my rip roarin rib rite up didn’t do it for you, check RedShedJed Episode 4: