We invited our neighbors over for a “how to smoke barbecue ribs” session a while back. There’s nothing like a lazy afternoon with your neighbors, sitting in the backyard as the baby back ribs smoke in the background.
One of our favorite things about our neighborhood is the neighbors we share it with. We couldn’t have asked for more when we bought our house three and a half years ago. Whether it’s backyard barbecues or taking turns feeding everyone’s pets while they’re gone, it is definitely what makes us want to stay here indefinitely.
While cookouts and yard work can sometimes define Memorial Day, take a moment to remember all those who fell serving their country. What are you doing this Memorial Day?
The Rib Rub: You can purchase rib rub in the supermarket near the spices, or you can make your own rib rub blend. Adjust the chili powder and pepper levels to create your desired level of spice.
1/2 cup rib rub
1/2 cup bbq sauce (optional)
Rinse the ribs and remove the membrane.
Rub the ribs liberally with the rub mixture of your choice.
Place in racks (if you have them) and smoke in a 220 degree smoker for 4 hours or until the meat shrinks back from the bone ends by about 1/2 inch.
At this point you can either eat them (naked), apply some more rub and serve (like some famous Memphis rib joints), refrigerate or freeze them for later, or finish them with a sauce on the grill (Kansas City style).