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St Louis Style Cut Ribs on the BGE

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  • Henrik
    Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
    • Jul 2014
    • 4465
    • Stockholm, Sweden

    St Louis Style Cut Ribs on the BGE

    Did a little mid-week cook. I found some nice spare ribs at my local restaurant outlet store (where only businesses are allowed to shop). Good thing I'm running a bbq business

    Anywho, the porcine creatures have been fed food based on rape seeds, and it does make a difference. A bit richer flavor.

    So I trimmed them up St Louis style, cutting away the cartilage where the ribs attach to the sternum.

    I then applied my KC Royale rub and fired up the Big Green Egg. I haven't used it in a while, so it was a fun cook. I tried out a new brand of charcoal from Holland - it's premium oak lump charcoal. I'm impressed with it, very clean burn, gentle flavors, and zero visible smoke. Good stuff.

    After 3 hours of smoking them unwrapped I started spritzing with conc. apple juice, then wrapped in butcher's paper. I cooked them for 50 minutes wrapped, then unwrapped and kept spritzing. I had them on for another hour before the bend test told me they were done.

    Super happy with the bark on these, just perfect. Gonna smoke some more ribs this weekend.

    The charcoal

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    Here's the ribs, trimmed and rubbed

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    The wrapped ribs on my BGE

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    The final product. Looking good.

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  • Jfrosty27
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    • Mar 2020
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    • Muskego, WI
    • Current cookers:
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    Outstanding. Love ribs of any kind.


    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      Thanks! That makes two of us :-)
  • LA Pork Butt
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    • Dec 2014
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    • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

    I’m hungry now and I just finished lunch!


    • ofelles
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      As usual they look great. Just pulled 6 racks of wibs for Saturday.
      To heck with the fires and Covid, I'm having some of the kids over!


      • Henrik
        Henrik commented
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        You go, man!
    • RonB
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      • Apr 2016
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      Great lookin' ribs!


      • Steve B
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        • Jun 2016
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        Looking good Henrik. Looking good.


        • Henrik
          Henrik commented
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          Thanks Steve!
      • RichardCullip
        Club Member
        • Feb 2020
        • 146
        • Poway, CA

        Looking delicious. I’m curious about what you do with the trimmings as you convert spare ribs into STL style ribs.


        • Henrik
          Henrik commented
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          I fried them up and gave to my dog :-)
      • TripleB
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        Look good, but how was the pull? Were you satisfied with your flavor profile and tenderness? Would you do anything different? I asked this because I'm always looking for insight.

        I keep a journal on all my cooks and after 10 years I'm still tweaking my ribs. Though the last time I smoked ribs, they were the best I've made. Competition worthy. I'd have scored them 9-9-9.
        Last edited by TripleB; September 16, 2020, 01:04 PM.


        • Henrik
          Henrik commented
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          Just right for me. Between tug off the bone and fall off the bone. If I would change anything? Perhaps use a thin vinegar based tangy bbq sauce (homemade).
      • BigBry
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        • Apr 2020
        • 59
        • Aylmer, Quebec, Canada

        One thing I find interesting. Might just be coincidence. I don’t see a lot of meat ‘pull back’ from the bones (might not the right term). I did a great SLC cook last week and it was the same thing. And like you, it came from high-end locally sourced pork producer. Wonder if the quality/type of pork makes a difference.

        Great looking ribs my friend!
        Last edited by BigBry; September 16, 2020, 01:24 PM.


        • Henrik
          Henrik commented
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          Good point! Don't know why. Thanks!
      • Sweaty Paul
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        • Aug 2014
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        • Hays, KS
        • Green Mountain Grill - Jim Bowie
          (I've never regretted having too much grate space).

          Weber Genesis Gas grill
          Weber Kettle grills x 2



        • Henrik
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      • Jared49
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        • Oct 2016
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        • smokin fool
          Club Member
          • Apr 2019
          • 2145
          • Mississauga, Ont

          A1 as usual Henrik.
          Have a coupla packs of ribs in the freezer, sounds like a plan for this weekend


          • Henrik
            Henrik commented
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            You go, ribs are good for both body n soul.
        • MTurney
          Club Member
          • Feb 2020
          • 258
          • Grapevine, TX

          That is next level bark 🤤


          • Greygoose
            Club Member
            • May 2019
            • 699
            • South Shore,MA

            Ohhh yeaaa !!!


            • Schwyy
              Club Member
              • Nov 2019
              • 112
              • Andover, MA

              those look amazing!

              I have a butchering question for you Henrik .

              ​​​​​​​when you do the St Louis cut are there still any 1/2-in to 1-in pieces of cartilage at the end of the longer ribs? or are they trimmed down totally to the bone and all the cartilage is gone? I'm asking because I am getting those 1-in pieces from my St Louis ribs from my butcher and I'm just wondering if he's not coming down far enough.


              • Henrik
                Henrik commented
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                Thanks! No, I trim where the long ribs 'end', so the bones are clean, and it's easy to slice them when done. It sounds like he's not cutting far enough. You can feel/wiggle with your fingers to see if there's cartilage/bone left.



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