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      02-17-2020, 09:32 AM   #1145
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I did a load of beef short ribs over New Year's weekend. Twelve 3-bone racks. I get them at Restaurant Depot. They take a bit of trimming. Used my own home-made rub and smoked them over mesquite for about 6 hours.

We ate a few, but mainly I use them as an ingredient. They make for an out-of-this-world chili. The other thing I use them for is Beef Stroganoff, which I nicknamed "Beef Smokanoff." The rub and the mesquite smoke against the sour cream and mushrooms is a wonderful thing.
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I did a load of beef short ribs over New Year's weekend. Twelve 3-bone racks. I get them at Restaurant Depot. They take a bit of trimming. Used my own home-made rub and smoked them over mesquite for about 6 hours.

We ate a few, but mainly I use them as an ingredient. They make for an out-of-this-world chili. The other thing I use them for is Beef Stroganoff, which I nicknamed "Beef Smokanoff." The rub and the mesquite smoke against the sour cream and mushrooms is a wonderful thing.
Thatís a great idea, never thought of that. I have used brisket for the same use (adding to other recipes) so I will give the short ribs a try!
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Thatís a great idea, never thought of that. I have used brisket for the same use (adding to other recipes) so I will give the short ribs a try!
The advantage of the short rib meat is that it holds together a little better than brisket. I like to have chunks of beef left in the finished product, rather than have it disintegrate and disappear.

Chili was where my first 2 briskets ended up, about 25 years ago. I didn't cook 'em long enough and they were tough as a couple of old boots. You can make anything tender if you stew it long enough, so a big pot of chili was the only way I figured I could salvage some value out of them. The chili was phenomenal. I've been using mesquite-smoked beef ever since.
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The advantage of the short rib meat is that it holds together a little better than brisket. I like to have chunks of beef left in the finished product, rather than have it disintegrate and disappear.

Chili was where my first 2 briskets ended up, about 25 years ago. I didn't cook 'em long enough and they were tough as a couple of old boots. You can make anything tender if you stew it long enough, so a big pot of chili was the only way I figured I could salvage some value out of them. The chili was phenomenal. I've been using mesquite-smoked beef ever since.
Aha, I see the difference, I smoke (Traeger pellet grill) almost all of my meat. The brisket comes out nice, firm but extremely tender. Itís a 12 hr. process though so you need to schedule apprpriately. If I do pork ribs, I use the 3-2-1 process, and they can be too soft, depending on the amount of liquid you use in the 2 hr. wrap stage. Just a couple of tbs liquid per rack is plenty. Iím getting hangry!
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Aha, I see the difference, I smoke (Traeger pellet grill) almost all of my meat. The brisket comes out nice, firm but extremely tender. Itís a 12 hr. process though so you need to schedule apprpriately. If I do pork ribs, I use the 3-2-1 process, and they can be too soft, depending on the amount of liquid you use in the 2 hr. wrap stage. Just a couple of tbs liquid per rack is plenty. Iím getting hangry!
Another advantage of the short ribs is that they take half the time a brisket takes, or less. I'm hungry too!
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Another advantage of the short ribs is that they take half the time a brisket takes, or less. I'm hungry too!
Short rib is underutilized, and delicious!
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Short rib is underutilized, and delicious!
I think a large part of it is that they're hard to find, at least in "barbecue" form; I see the little shorty version in the grocery store, but those would be a PITA on a smoker. I get mine at Restaurant Depot. If you have an RD in your area and you're a KCBS member, you can get in by showing your KCBS card.
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I think a large part of it is that they're hard to find, at least in "barbecue" form; I see the little shorty version in the grocery store, but those would be a PITA on a smoker. I get mine at Restaurant Depot. If you have an RD in your area and you're a KCBS member, you can get in by showing your KCBS card.
They are certainly not as common as many other cuts. My local Costco has them regularly now.

The other thing about them is that they look 'intimidating' to some people and they are expensive enough that, generally speaking, you're not going to buy them to experiment if you don't know what you are doing.
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They are certainly not as common as many other cuts. My local Costco has them regularly now.

The other thing about them is that they look 'intimidating' to some people and they are expensive enough that, generally speaking, you're not going to buy them to experiment if you don't know what you are doing.
Maybe some folks won't buy something they haven't ever cooked, but I'm always looking for a new cut to master. The only traditional BBQ cut that I haven't done is a beef clod, just due to the sheer size of it and not having an army to help me eat it. I love to experiment. I'll still cook a batch of butts from time to time so I can have it on hand and give some to my mom, but the traditional cuts have all sort of become "old hat" at this point. I do non-traditional cuts to mix things up. Did a prime rib back in December. Tasted fantastic with an herb rub smoked over cherry and served with a Dijon sauce.
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Aha, I see the difference, I smoke (Traeger pellet grill) almost all of my meat. The brisket comes out nice, firm but extremely tender. Itís a 12 hr. process though so you need to schedule apprpriately. If I do pork ribs, I use the 3-2-1 process, and they can be too soft, depending on the amount of liquid you use in the 2 hr. wrap stage. Just a couple of tbs liquid per rack is plenty. Iím getting hangry!
I used to do the 3-2-1 technique, a la Harry Soo. But one time about 10 years ago I ran short on time and had to rush a batch of ribs through in a few hours. I rubbed them down and threw them in the smoker at 275 degrees, and sprayed them with apple juice every 20 minutes once the rub had "set" at about an hour and a half. Total time runs about 3-1/2 hours for baby backs. The apple juice gives them a wonderful caramel-y bark but doesn't add noticeable sweetness. And with no foil in the way it's really easy to tell when they're done to your liking. Mop 'em with some sauce for the last 20 minutes if you like. Way less putzy and messy. Give it a try sometime.
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Aha, I see the difference, I smoke (Traeger pellet grill) almost all of my meat. The brisket comes out nice, firm but extremely tender. It’s a 12 hr. process though so you need to schedule apprpriately. If I do pork ribs, I use the 3-2-1 process, and they can be too soft, depending on the amount of liquid you use in the 2 hr. wrap stage. Just a couple of tbs liquid per rack is plenty. I’m getting hangry!
When I smoke I almost always use a Treager also.

With brisket (or any very long cook) I was disappointed with the results, ribs were always good.

I found that my treagers (I have two, so a little bit of a sample size), run way hotter then what the setting tells you, which makes sense. The probe is way off on the side, and the body of the cooker is not insulated. I have to set it at 185 for it to actually run close to 225 where the food is. Something worth checking.

I also don't rely on time for much of anything, except for reminders to check the temperature of the food and the 'environment' that the food is in.
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When I smoke I almost always use a Treager also.

With brisket (or any very long cook) I was disappointed with the results, ribs were always good.

I found that my treagers (I have two, so a little bit of a sample size), run way hotter then what the setting tells you, which makes sense. The probe is way off on the side, and the body of the cooker is not insulated. I have to set it at 185 for it to actually run close to 225 where the food is. Something worth checking.

I also don't rely on time for much of anything, except for reminders to check the temperature of the food and the 'environment' that the food is in.
Same here. The only thing I use temperature for is to tell me when a brisket is past the stall and I can foil it. And for turkey, of course. That's about it.
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That's pure meat porn. Nice job!
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Alright, I searched this thread....

Anyone have a review of Wilmington (NC) grills?

I'm considering a purchase of one.

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Maybe some folks won't buy something they haven't ever cooked, but I'm always looking for a new cut to master. The only traditional BBQ cut that I haven't done is a beef clod, just due to the sheer size of it and not having an army to help me eat it. I love to experiment. I'll still cook a batch of butts from time to time so I can have it on hand and give some to my mom, but the traditional cuts have all sort of become "old hat" at this point. I do non-traditional cuts to mix things up. Did a prime rib back in December. Tasted fantastic with an herb rub smoked over cherry and served with a Dijon sauce.
I do the exact same thing. I'll just buy something and figure out something to do with it. Its fun.

For the past several months I have been more into pizzas, breads, and live fire cooking then smoking/bbq, but lately I've been thinking about large chunks of slow cooked goodness again.
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That looks tremendous, great job!
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When I smoke I almost always use a Treager also.

With brisket (or any very long cook) I was disappointed with the results, ribs were always good.

I found that my treagers (I have two, so a little bit of a sample size), run way hotter then what the setting tells you, which makes sense. The probe is way off on the side, and the body of the cooker is not insulated. I have to set it at 185 for it to actually run close to 225 where the food is. Something worth checking.

I also don't rely on time for much of anything, except for reminders to check the temperature of the food and the 'environment' that the food is in.
The pit thermometer on my Old Hickory is fairly accurate when checked with a Thermapen or a Maverick, but with every other smoker I've had - and I'm up over a dozen - the built-in thermometer is as useless as a second row of tits on a boar hog. I rely on my Thermapen stationary thermometer or my Maverick, with a probe right on the grate next to the meat, to monitor my pit temps. And the actual temp isn't critical, but holding the pit at a steady temp definitely matters.
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I used to do the 3-2-1 technique, a la Harry Soo. But one time about 10 years ago I ran short on time and had to rush a batch of ribs through in a few hours. I rubbed them down and threw them in the smoker at 275 degrees, and sprayed them with apple juice every 20 minutes once the rub had "set" at about an hour and a half. Total time runs about 3-1/2 hours for baby backs. The apple juice gives them a wonderful caramel-y bark but doesn't add noticeable sweetness. And with no foil in the way it's really easy to tell when they're done to your liking. Mop 'em with some sauce for the last 20 minutes if you like. Way less putzy and messy. Give it a try sometime.
Looks delicious! Additionally the short ribs can be served alongside buttered noodles, mashed potatoes or creamy polenta with a spoonful of gravy on top.
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What are you guys using to monitor temperature of steaks and roasts when bbq-ing? I over cooked 4 nice NY strips last night and I was really pissed at myself. Would love a good recommendation on a thermometer. Iíd say I missed it by 3 minutes and blew the medium / medium rare I was after.

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What are you guys using to monitor temperature of steaks and roasts when bbq-ing? I over cooked 4 nice NY strips last night and I was really pissed at myself. Would love a good recommendation on a thermometer. I’d say I missed it by 3 minutes and blew the medium / medium rare I was after.

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Gas grill?
I'm sure the pros here will laugh at me but I use the Weber grill guide. Long ago they had a printed book that really went into detail with the types of meat, weight and/or thickness and desired doneness. It was on the money. They scaled back a bit and don't have specific times for rare, med rare etc. but it still works. I found it online and use it anytime I grill. It will show say a steak 1 inch thick 6 to 8 minutes on direct high heat, so 3 minutes then turn for another 3. 2 inch steak - 14 to 18 minutes - sear 6 to 8 minutes direct high heat and 8 to 10 minutes indirect high (meaning shut center burner(s) and continue to cook with no flame directly below the steaks).

I prefer on the med rare side and would rather put back on than overcook so I will cut time off.
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What are you guys using to monitor temperature of steaks and roasts when bbq-ing? I over cooked 4 nice NY strips last night and I was really pissed at myself. Would love a good recommendation on a thermometer. Iíd say I missed it by 3 minutes and blew the medium / medium rare I was after.

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I use a thermopen instant read for things like that, and a "Tenergy Solis Digital Meat Thermometer" to monitor larger longer cooking meats and the cooker itself.
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