One of the reasons for getting my new Rec Tec grill was so I could do larger quantities as well as experiment at higher temps than my MES30 would allow. What better way than to throw in 4 racks of baby back ribs and see how they cook.
I had read other people doing ribs at 275° but my MES30 wouldn’t go that high. I generally followed the 2-2-1 method and cooked them at 225°. So, this would definitely be an experiment. To up the ante I also decided to try 4 different flavors.
- Memphis Dust (with salt added) with extra brown sugar added on top
- Rec Tec BBQ Rub with extra brown sugar added to top
- Memphis Dust (with salt added) and sauced towards the end
- Garlic Salt
When I add rub to my ribs, I generally put the rub on at least 8 hours before smoking. Sometimes more. If I’m going to added extra brown sugar, that comes right before putting them on the smoker. The sugar will melt during smoking and add a nice sweetness to the ribs.
I ended up cooking the ribs for 4 hours at 275° and they turned out to be some of the best ribs that I have ever eaten. As you can see in the photos they had a really nice smoke ring and were very juicy.