Meatgistics: Rib Competition
Meatgistics: Rib Competition
See who wins in this head to head to head battle of Austin, Jon and Ali! The competition this time was who can make the best St Louis Style Ribs. We chose our own ingredients, followed our own recipes and let the employees at Walton's decide the winner! Watch the video, read the guide, and then post your questions, comments or ideas for future competitions below.
So we have a few Rib videos recently showing you our favorite way to do ribs and an experiment where we tried cooking them in a crockpot with Dr Pepper! We started talking about different techniques so we decided it was time to do a competition to see who could make the best ribs! The only rule was that we would not use any sauces, everything had to be a rub or a marinade.
Austin decided to use Smokehouse BBQ Marinade as a marinade for his ribs, vacuum pack them and let them marinate overnight. Then he rubbed them with some mustard and sprinkled on a large amount of Smokehouse BBQ Rub. He then smoked them at 225° until they reached around 190°.
Ali decided to use Butter Flavored Seasoning & Marinade as a marinade for her ribs, vacuum pack them and let them marinate overnight and rubbed them with Texas Style Rump Rub. She then smoked them for 2 hours uncovered, then pulled them and wrapped them in foil then she rubbed them with Hot Pepper Bacon Jam and smoked them for 2 more hours.
Jon decided to not use an actual marinade for his ribs, but instead use the St Louis Rump Rub and add some water and Cold Phosphate to try to get them to stay juicy and marinade them overnight in a stark bucket liner. Then he rubbed them with some more St Louis Rump Rub. He then smoked them for 2 hours uncovered, then pulled them and wrapped them in foil with butter and brown sugar and smoked them for 2 more hours.
We then let the employees here at Walton’s decide the winner with a vote. Check out the video to see who won!
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I believe the recommended curing time is 12 hours but can I go less than that? I was expecting my order to be here tonight and it won’t be here till tomorrow morning now.
I was going to mix up my batch of jerky tonight but will have to do it tomorrow on my lunch break. Just wondering if tomorrow evening would be long enough to let the meat cure.
Your recipe calls for 1. Sure Cure, 2. Sure Gel Meat Binder, and 3. Smoked Meat Stabilizer. I have all but the Sure Gel Meat Binder. Can I get by without using this? Second question- Is Excalibur’s Cure Excellerator the same as Sure Cure?
@andyman Great question, Carrot Fiber holds up to 26 times its weight in water, and while the 80 oz is still well inside that I have never done that before. I max out (even with Carrot Fiber) at 64 oz which is 2 qts. My only fear with doing 80 is that it might take a lot longer to cook as it will have more water content that will be trying to evaporate. Most of that water should be bound up in the carrot fiber though so it wouldn’t really be available to be cooked out. Hmmm, my recommendation, to be safe is to stick with 64 oz of water.
Now, as to should you add more seasoning, some people will taste the difference if you did not add additional seasonings and some (most) will not. Your water and your seasoning is technically part of your meat block (anyone who is reading this who doesn’t consider this don’t worry!) so adjusting your meat block to include your water is sometimes done. If you do decide to add more spices or seasonings I would add aromatics and things like Rosemary and Basil, don’t add more salt as that is formulated specifically for the meat block.
Hope this helps and if you do decide to go with 80 oz of water then I would be very interested in the results!
i use denuded round. higher cost, less waste, cleaner eating
@jonathon I enjoyed this line of questions and comments, it made me think. Here is my related question: Assume I use 25 lbs. of meat to make summer sausage and add one package, 4 oz., of Carrot Fiber and 80 oz. of water. The ratio is 20 times the weight of water to the weight of CF. In other words, I am adding 5 lbs. 4 oz. of water/CF paste to my meat dough. Should I adjust the amount of salt and spices, I add to the dough? I am concerned that the flavor will be weaker if I don’t add spices for the new total, 30 lbs. curious as to what y’all thinking.