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Smoked ribs with the Smokenator

Sunday, 21 August 2011 17:23 by nico

Some weeks ago I ordered a Smokenator 1000 for my Weber Kettle Grill, but I haven’t been able to use it until yesterday due to the rotten weather we’ve had in Belgium in this summer.

The Smokenator is a piece of metal that helps you in converting your standard grill into a smoker. That’s really nice if you don’t have the space or money to buy a bullet smoker.

The creed of a smoker is “low and slow”; indirect cooking at low temperature for a couple of hours will give a tender and flavourful meat.

For this first attempt at cooking spare ribs with the Smokenator, I rubbed them with Uncle Joe’s (I mixed the Chipotle and Honey Mesquite rubs together to give a sweet and slightly spiced flavour).

I put them in the smoker on a rib rack for 2 hours and I used oak and beech as smoke wood and coconut briquettes for the fire.
Then I wrapped them in aluminium foil and put them back in the smoker for a bit less than 2 hours.
After that, I unwrapped them and put them back on the rib rack for a bit less than an hour, and let the water pan empty to dry the surface.
Finally I basted them with barbecue sauce (using the Uncle Joe’s Chipotle/Honey Mesquite rub as a base) for the last 15 minutes of cooking.

I managed to keep the temperature around 110-115°C during the whole process. The meat was falling off the bone easily and was really tasty and tender with a nice smoke ring ! The Uncle Joes’ rub and BBQ sauce were giving an extra sweet and spicy taste to the meat.

In conclusion, this first try was succesful ! Next time I think I’ll add a bit more smoke wood.. but I definitely want to try smoked brisket !

You own a Weber ? You wanna try to smoke meat or fish ? Get a Smokenator !

 

Smoked Ribs - 1 - Rub
Rubbed with Uncle Joe’s Honey Mesquite and Chipotle

Smoked Ribs - 2- 1h Smoking
After one hour of smoking

Smoked Ribs - 3- 2h Smoking
After 2 hours of smoking (they look burnt but they aren’t ;))

Smoked Ribs - 5- Dry Finish 
Putting the dry finish…

Smoked Ribs - 6- Saucing
Before saucing with Uncle Joe’s !

Smoked Ribs - 7- Good to go
They’re good to go !

Smoked Ribs - 8 - Yummy
So yummmmmmmmmmmy…

Smoked Ribs - 9- Bones
That nothing is left !

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Where to buy BBQ sauce in Brussels

Saturday, 20 August 2011 15:29 by nico

For those who are wondering where to find good BBQ sauce around Brussels, here are some addresses:

  • In most Carrefour supermarkets:
  • In the Carrefour Mont-Saint-Jean in Waterloo - Chaussée de Charleroi 579, 1410 Waterloo:
    • HP Original
    • the complete range of Jack Daniel’s sauces (whose I'm not really fond)
    • Hunt’s Original (which is a typical KC Style sauce, very thick and sweet)
  • On Mexigo.be or at their store - rue François Dons 47, 1050 Ixelles
    • Bull’s Eye Original (one of our favorites !)
    • Bull's Eye Texas (a spicy one)
  • Stonemanor - rue Théophile Delbar 8/A, 1410 Waterloo
  • Total Gas Station - 254 Chausee de Waterloo, 1640 Rhode-Saint-Genese
    • Bull's Eye Original
    • Budweiser Barbecue Sauce
    • Budweiser Smoked Barbecue Sauce

Most of these sauces are mass-market sauces but they are worth buying. If you know any other place to find sauce in Brussels or Belgium, please tell !

UPDATE: Although it's not based in Brussels, you can order Sweet Baby Ray's, KC Masterpiece, Bull's Eye and Hunt's BBQ Sauces on Smokehouse.be

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BBQ Omelet

Sunday, 31 July 2011 13:09 by nico

Eggs and barbecue sauce go well together and when I want to eat something good but doesn’t have much time to cook, a barbecue omelet is always nice.

Just pour barbecue sauce (in this case Bull’s Eye Original) to your omelet while cooking, you won’t regret it ! I usually add cheddar cheese for a creamy omelet.

BBQ Omelet

Small tip to get a puffy omelet that doesn’t stick to the pan: add some baking soda to the mix before cooking.

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Mortal Kombat vs. BBQ

Thursday, 7 July 2011 13:41 by nico

This morning I received a very cool t-shirt I ordered on 604 Republic some time ago Sourire Scorpion is my favourite MK character !

bbq shack

Toasty Kombat t-shirt on 604 Republic

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Homemade BBQ sauce

Monday, 27 June 2011 22:07 by nico

You can find thousands of recipes of barbecue sauce on the net, but none on this site so it’s time to share a sweet sauce I regularly make for my ribs.

For 1 1/2 cup of sauce (36 cl):

  • 5 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 cup (25 cl) apple juice
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp molasses (or add one more tbsp of brown sugar)
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • a few drops of Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce (or cayenne pepper)
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • a bit of brown corn starch to make it thicker

      Mix all ingredients together (except corn starch that you must add at the very end) and let it simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.

      homemade bbq sauce

      Happy cooking !

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