I smoked these ribs last night while I was playing "SIMSMOKER". Please give me your opinion on them....obviously not taste.
I smoked them for about 6 hours in a horizontal barrel smoker using apple wood chips. I replenished charcoal and wood chips every hour on the hour as well as spritzing them with apple juice. After 3 hours, they were wrapped in foil for 2.5 more hours. They were given a good soaking of apple juice and bbq sauce prior to entering hte foil. After the 2.5 hours, they were removed from foil, coated again with sauce and back into the smoke for 15 minutes and then on the grill for 5.
My opinion: overcooked. They were certainly tender and juicy...no complaints there. However, they had shrunk back from the bones almost an entire inch. As you can see in the pic, they were even coming off the bone mid-bone. When you took a bite, they came completely off the bone with no problems. They had a medium smoke taste to them due to the apple wood versus hickory. Overall, the taste was good. However, in a competition, I don't think looks would have scored any points. No, in this case I was not plating for presentation, but I am concerned that the outside is too charred and that they shrunk back 1 inch. Next time I will reduce time by an hour. What do you think?