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Ribs… part II

We spent Friday evening preparing our 6 slabs of ribs for the contest. Trimming and rubbing them down with our special blend of spices. Saturday morning started at 6:30am, cold and windy, very unusual for September in Georgia. We lit our fire at 6:45am and started setting up our tents and chairs. Buy 7am our smoker was at 225 degrees and ready for the meat. We placed out ribs on the racks and closed the lid hoping for perfection in about 4 hours.

Unfortunately it wast meant to be. We came in 10th in the rib cook off this weekend. I can only assume that the ribs that beat us were out of this world because our ribs were fantastic. Tender, juicy, sweet, and a little spicy. I’m not sure what else we could have done but rest assured we will continue to practice until we can win a contest, or get sick of eating ribs.

I said the other day that I would post the recipe if we lost so check below for that, and I am also posting the recipe for the jalapeno poppers that we made up to snack on as well. If you make these be careful, they were pretty hot wow were the good.

Competition Ribs

Jalapeno Poppers



Everyone loves fall of the bone tender ribs and I cook really good ribs that way. Rub them down with a little seasoning and throw them on the grill. They are great. One thing people don’t understand about competition BBQ is that while cooking ribs is fairly easy cooking them correctly for competition is not. I once asked the question of why competition ribs should be tender but not fall off the bone. I was told that anyone can cook them this way but there is a fine line to getting them just right where they yield to gentle pressure and peel away from the bone clean and fall off the bone done. In competition you strive for this perfect balance between tender but not over done.

Saturday Fire in the Hole BBQ will be competing at Racks by the Tracks in Waynesboro GA and looking for those perfect ribs to turn into the judges and hoping to hear our name called as the first place winner. If you get a chance come out and say hello. We won’t be selling anything this year but always love to see people while we are cooking.

I have been doing this for a long time and I feel like we have a really good rib to turn in this year. As always it will be in interesting time and if we don’t win I will post the recipe for everyone. If we do win I am keeping it to myself.

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