A rack of beef (back) ribs bathes in blue-hued smoke in this low-and-slow cook. Layers of flavor from beer and our BBQ sauce compliment what's already a decadent cut. Set these ribs as a rack down on the dinner table if you like the sound of ooohs and aaahs, or slice between the bones before adding them to a plate stacked with your favorite BBQ sides.
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4-5 pound rack of beef plate ribs, trimmed and cap removed
Granulated garlic powder
Kosher salt and fresh ground peppercorn, to taste
Oak wood smoking chips or chunks, soaked in water 1 hour prior to use
1 lager beer
Head Country Bar-B-Q Sauce, Apple Habanero
Fresh parsley, chopped, to garnish
Preparation: Before smoking, remove ribs from refrigeration and rest covered until near room temperature throughout. Using a sharp chef’s knife, remove meat-side fat cap if still present, but leave bone-side silverskin in place. Pat the rack dry with paper towel, brush entire surface with thin layer of mustard, and liberally season with garlic, salt, and pepper.
Preheat the Smoker: Preheat off-set smoker or grill (positioned for indirect cooking) to 275°F. Apply soaked oak wood chips over heat source and commence the cook when the dark billowing smoke thins and turns blueish in hue.
Smoking: Lay ribs bone-side down and smoke with lid closed for approximately 6 hours. Intermittently spritz ribs with beer throughout the cook, beginning after the first hour. In last 15 minutes of smoking brush one caramelized layer of Head Country Bar-B-Q Sauce upon another, until the internal temperature reaches 205°F and a probe moves through the meat like a warm knife through butter. Remove ribs from grill and brush one final time with sauce. Loosely tent with tin foil for 30-45 minutes and set aside to rest.
Plating: Carve ribs between the bones and serve individually or family-style. Finish with a simple garnish of fresh chopped herbs, plate alongside your favorite fixins’, and pair with ice cold beverage. Enjoy!
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