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How to Cook Country Style Ribs
Supplies: Recipes for Mop Sauce, Barbecue Rub and Barbecue Sauce can vary based on your preference. This guide includes a list of ingredients that I used.
Tool: Mesquite wood chips soaking in cold water.
Tool: Smoker Box - yeah, it looks all rusty and gross, but it works great for making smoke.
Tool: Spray Bottle
Ingredient: Raw (unprepared) country style ribs.
Ingredient: Barbecue Rub (ingredients listed in supplies section).
Ingredient: Mop Sauce (ingredients listed in supplies section).
Prepare the grill.
Remove the wood chips from the water and place them in the smoker box.
Light the grill (high heat) and place the smoker box on the grate.
Prepare the meat.
Cover the ribs with yellow mustard.
A thin coat will help the rub stick to the meat.
Apply your Barbecue Rub evenly over the ribs.
Stir the sauce.
...the grill isn't hot enough yet. Drink 1-3 of these and wait for the smell of those wood chips smoking before cooking anything.
The meat has been rubbed and is ready to go on the grill. Turn the heat to medium after searing each side to allow for time to apply smoke to each rib.
After you put the ribs on the hot grill, pour your Mop Sauce into the pan and mix with any remaining rub.
Cook the ribs: The goal here is a good sear to lock in all the juices. Don't worry about grill marks - those will melt away in the slow cooker later.
Watch out for flare ups, there is a lot of fat on these ribs.
Baste the ribs with your Mop Sauce frequently to inject flavor and keep the meat from drying out.
Once your smokebox begins to produce thick smoke, throw a rib on top for about a minute per side. After each side is done, rotate it for another and repeat until all ribs have had 2 minutes of smoke.
Almost done - finish up the smoke rotations now to ensure even distribution of flavor.
Done on the grill - add the ribs to whatever remains of the Mop Sauce and bring them to the crock pot.
Start this on low.
Add the ribs.
Add the leftover Mop Sauce.
Add a thin coat of your Barbecue Sauce.
Let these cook for a few hours (3-5) on low until they reach your desired texture.
Keep the ribs moving in the crockpot (rotate them every half hour or so) to allow the to cook evenly. Apply extra barbecue sauce whenever you want - seriously, it's up to you.
Move the ribs back to the cake pan (make sure you cleaned it first) and smother with as much Barbecue Sauce as you want.
Serve with some ultra-creamy cheesy potatoes and cheese smothered broccoli or whatever else you want that sounds good.
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