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How To Cook Competition BBQ Ribs

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How to cook Competition BBQ ribs is a skill, and as such it is something that can be learned. As a certified KCBS and FBA BBQ Judge, I’m delighted when top quality competition ribs hit my table, and …

How to cook Competition BBQ ribs is a skill, and as such it is something that can be learned. As a certified KCBS and FBA BBQ Judge, I’m delighted when top quality competition ribs hit my table, and feel my heart (and stomach) sink when I see grey, charred, and greasy ribs make the scene. This post will help you improve your ribs -- no question!

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  • 1. As a Certified BBQ judge, I see too many cook teams FAIL in the Ribs Category. This presentation teaches you what you MUST know in order to move UP in the rankings and GET MORE WALKS in the Competition BBQ Ribs Category. How To Cook:
  • 2. How to cook Competition BBQ ribs is a skill, and as such it is something that can be learned. As a certified KCBS and FBA BBQ Judge, I’m delighted when top quality competition ribs hit my table, and feel my heart (and stomach) sink when I see grey, charred, and greasy ribs make the scene. You CAN have a BBQ Ribs box that looks like this!
  • 3. I want to clear up a few things where competition the art of how to cook competition BBQ ribs is concerned. Number one, ‘falling off the bone’ means that the ribs are overcooked. A properly cooked BBQ Rib should be moist and tender yet yield just enough so that when you bite into it you see a rounded bite mark with the bone turning white almost immediately. There should be no sooty, charred, or creosote flavor. View the original post and comment here: goo.gl/5RZGhF
  • 4. Good Rib Turn In Box Bad Rib Turn In Box This is what judges think when they see each of the boxes above. Read on for more info…
  • 5. When focusing on your effort to cook competition BBQ ribs, the appearance of the ribs in the turn in box should be uniform – meaning the ribs should appear as though they came off the same rack – even though they very likely did not. Straight line cuts, even bone appearance at the ends (if any) are a must, and the color should be uniform as well. Take a look at the boxes on the previous slide. The rib box titled the “Less Than Good” one shows a lack of uniformity, limited to no purposeful alignment in the box, and appears to be coated in a bit of creosote or burnt (over-sugared) rub or sauce. If presented with this 2nd example, I’d score it at about a 8 maximum on appearance, and that’s being generous. I might go to a 7 with a comment on what the cook might do to improve upon things. View the original post and comment here: goo.gl/5RZGhF
  • 6. Taste wise, the profile for your ribs can of course vary. I’d say you don’t want to be too salty or too sweet, but honestly judges are going to score your taste based on their preferences. Both KCBS and FBA judges seem to prefer ribs that aren’t too spicy or salty, and they like sweet. However, watch out for “over candied ribs!” I’m seeing more and more judges score “over candied” or “candy bar” ribs lower these days. I’d recommend using fruit jams or jellies and spices like clove or cinnamon sparingly. Oh, and turning in a “sauceless” or “dry” rib isn’t advised, as “naked” ribs don’t tend to fare very well. In any case, please clean your smoker before cooking. I know time gets away from you if you cook competitions weeks in a row. But the cleaner your smoker is, the better your food is going to taste. Power wash it, empty out the ash bin, etc. This helps keep any acrid or bitter taste out of your final product. View the original post and comment here: goo.gl/5RZGhF
  • 7. Cadillac Cut Rib Example. Note that there is a good amount of meat on both sides of the bone. Baby back ribs are fine, as are St. Louis style (Spare Ribs). If you do St. Louis style ribs, consider the Cadillac cut – which is when you leave a good amount of rib meat on each side of the bone. You’ll sacrifice some ribs by going with this cut, but it gives the judges more to bite into. The example photo to the right shows what this cut looks like. Though, there’s a bit too much sauce on that rib if you ask me. View the original post and comment here: goo.gl/5RZGhF
  • 8. There are a few decent “How Tos” out there on prepping and cooking competition quality Ribs. Those I’ve linked to here are ones that seem to touch on most of what I’ve seen the Pros who win do with their rib preps. If you try any of these preparations, please leave comments on the blogs or websites to let those who have shared recipes know you appreciate them! Check the following pages for some GREAT “Professional Rib Tutorials”. . . View the original post and comment here: goo.gl/5RZGhF
  • 9. Jason Day of BBQAddicts.com uses the famous EAT Barbecue products on some ribs with photos and step by step action that should have you well on your way to producing competition BBQ Ribs that no judge would turn their nose up at. It’s spare ribs here, so if you’ve never cooked this cut before – you’ll love the way Jason lays it out for you. Click here to read the post. Pro Recipe #1 View the original post and comment here: goo.gl/5RZGhF
  • 10. Pro Recipe #2 Video on next page. The next recipe for competition style BBQ ribs comes from the How to BBQ Right site maintained by Malcom Reed of Killer Hogs BBQ. Malcom puts together an awesome step by step BBQ rib How To for you here, and he has a nice selection of step by step photos and extra tips (like his Secret to BBQ Ribs) that will for sure put you on the right track. View the original post and comment here: goo.gl/5RZGhF
  • 11. As you can see, Malcom holds very little back when he talks about how to prepare competition ribs. I really like what he says here about prepping the ribs initially and then applying smoke to the ribs… No matter what someone tells you… always remove the membrane. It will affect your tenderness if you don’t and if you are competing, it is what the judges expect. When you are ready to smoke the ribs, you want to get your smoker up to 225 degrees and add a few chunks of cherry wood. I normally use 4 to 5 chunks to start. You should have a light blue smoke coming from the smoker. Any more will be too harsh for the meat and produce a bitter end product. When the smoker is up to temperature, place the ribs on the racks. Malcom also gives some great advice about how to keep the sugar content from your sauce from getting bitter on you from too much heat application. Click here to read his full rib prep post. View the original post and comment here: goo.gl/5RZGhF
  • 12. I hope you found value in this post on how to cook competition style BBQ ribs. If so, please leave a comment or share this post on whatever social networks you frequent! You May Also Like:

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