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High Heat Baby Back Ribs

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Baby Back Ribs Smoke Ring

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.

  1. Memphis Dust (with salt added) with extra brown sugar added on top
  2. Rec Tec BBQ Rub with extra brown sugar added to top
  3. Memphis Dust (with salt added) and sauced towards the end
  4. 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.

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