The Memphis Style pork rib is one of the most popular and
mouth watering styles of rib preparation. One of the reasons
for the popularity with the Memphis Style rib is its unique
blend of barbeque tradition and flavorful seasonings.
The only sauce applied to Memphis Style ribs is mop sauce
used for basting during the cooking process. Barbeque sauce
is never used during the cooking process but rather served
on the side with the ribs at the table. Because a barbeque
sauce is not used, the mop sauce is an important component
in keeping the meat moist. A Memphis Style barbeque sauce
will be a tomato and vinegar based sauce that may also contain
mustard. With this style, the quality of the meat is much
more important then any sauce. The idea is to feature the
meat rather then covering it up with a sauce. While some people
can't wait to dip the ribs in their favorite barbeque sauce,
others enjoy the pure flavor of just the meat and rub seasoning.
style ribs are traditionally smoked and not grilled, baked
or broiled. White oak and hickory are the traditional woods
used however many other woods are now used. Other woods used
include apple and cherry.
While the quality of the meat is extra important the Memphis
Style, choosing which cut is up to the individual and the
occasion. The most popular pork rib is the St. Louis Style
Rib which comes from the pig's rib section. The back rib,
also known as the Baby Back Rib comes from the loin portion
or back and is also quite popular. The St. Louis Style Rib
is typically easier to work with and has more meat making
it a favorite for the hardy eater. However you decide to cook
them, low heat and slow cooking will give you the best rib.
the mop sauce
·1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
·2 cups apple cider
·2 bay leaves
·4 cloves garlic, finely minced
·3 tablespoons hot sauce
·1 tablespoon salt
·3/4 cup BBQ Rub, recipe follows
·1/4 cup paprika
·1/4 cup dark brown sugar
·2 tablespoons black pepper
·1 tablespoon salt
·1 tablespoon celery salt
·2 teaspoons garlic powder
·2 teaspoons dry mustard
·2 teaspoons cumin
·1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
the ribs - Wash the ribs and blot dry with paper towel.
Place the ribs meat-side up. Cut the line of fat on the base
of the ribs to remove the cartilaginous rib tips. Flip the
meat over and cut off the flap of meat on the inside of the
ribs. This is not essentially but will help prevent them from
burning. Remove the membrane on the back of each rack of ribs.
You can use your fingers to pull it off but sometimes it's
easier to use a paper towel or a dishtowel to get a secure
the ingredients for the rub and mix well. Liberally rub the
ribs on both sides with the mixture. Wrap each rib in plastic
wrap then aluminum foil and let marinate for at least 4 hours,
but over night is best.
the smoker - Presoak your wood chips in water for roughly
an hour. Place a drip pan in the center of your smoker with
plenty of water. A charcoal chimney is best to get your coals
started. Once you have hot coals spread them out and put a
health amount of your chips down. Smoking the ribs - Place
aluminum foil on the rack before placing the ribs down and
another loose piece on top of the ribs. Place the ribs on
the smoker over the drip pan and cover the smoker. Start basting
with the mop sauce after 30 minutes, basting every 20-30 minutes.
You will need to replenish the coals and wood chips form time
to time as needed. The ribs are done when the meat is very
tender and it has shrunk back from the ends of the bones.
At temperatures ranging from 200-250 your ribs should take
roughly 4-5 hours however every smoker is different.
each slab between the rib bones and serve with your favorite
barbecue sauce on the side.
Scott Schirkofsky is the chef and owner of At Home Gourmet.
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