I have been so looking forward to this holiday weekend. Four days off from work and no set plans or a list of things to do.
I decided to smoke some Cornish Hens and Ribs in the WSM. How pretty it was to see the smoke rising from the WSM as it was lifted to the skys and viewed through the suns piercing rays. May I also add that the smell was fantastic.
I mentioned previously that I received some sample bottles of Budweiser's newly released BBQ sauces. I opened the regular BBQ and the Beechwood BBQ sauce. Both were actually quite good. I must also add, that this is a sincere comment. I actually like them both better than the sauces I have currently in my refrigerator (Masterpiece and Stubbs) including the one I made from scratch. There is a mellow sweet taste, however, no spice or heat.
I did sauce some of the rib tips and country style ribs I prepared prior to pulling them off the WSM. I left the baby backs without sauce as G prefers it this way. The sauce also went well with the cornish hens. I haven't tried the wing or basting sauce yet.
The temperature on the WSM ran a little low this cook. I had a hard time getting it above 215. The hens stayed on for 3 hours and the ribs I pulled after 5 1/2 hours. I did foil the ribs the last hour to keep them from drying out. This is the first time I tried this method. I liked the result. Moist and tender.
Ribs after foiling.