The results of the cook, and the Alabama-LSU game yesterday, were all positive. Well, mostly positive.
For the cook, I made three racks of baby back ribs. The last few times I have cooked ribs, they came out a little on the bland side. So this time, I wanted to make them spicy. I started with my usual rib rub, then added some cayenne pepper for additional heat. Since I had so much room in the smoker, I decided to throw a fattie in there too for a pre-dinner snack.
The fattie consisted of breakfast sausage, shredded cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, one large chopped jalapeno pepper, then rubbed before going into the smoker with Plowboys Yardbird Rub. Was a great second quarter snack.
The ribs were smoked with apple and hickory chunks for three hours, then a while in foil, finished with a couple of sauces that I wanted to clear out of the fridge. Served with homemade cornbread on the side.
They were really tender, which was exactly what I was shooting for. I thought they were a little too spicy, although Sheila didn't think so. Extremely flavorful.
So in the end, we had a great afternoon of BBQ and football. It ended well, with Alabama needing overtime but defeating rival LSU to remain undefeated. In two weeks it's Auburn, who Alabama has not beaten in the last six games. I'll be cooking that day too for sure....