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Sunday chicken & ribs

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Post Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:57 pm
ScreamingChicken BBQ Deputy
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Location: Stoughton, WI
Sunday I fired up one of the Bar-B-Kettles and the WSM for some chicken and ribs. Originally the chicken was supposed to be Saturday dinner but after an afternoon of plumbing work I just didn't feel like cooking, so that night I got things ready.

I picked 2 recipes from Weber's Way to Grill: the "slow good" back ribs and the "slow smoked" spare ribs.
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After the ribs were prepped I mixed up a compound butter with basil, thyme, tarragon, and a couple of grated garlic cloves.
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The ribs fit pretty snug in the rack...I think I need one that runs longitudinally. They spent 5 hours in the WSM over Duraflame briquettes and a chunk of apple wood for smoke.
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They turned out pretty good and the spare rib rub had a little stronger flavor.
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I tried to time things so that the chicken would go on the grill when the ribs had about an hour left. I don't know why I thought the legs would fit in the rack because they didn't, but I went ahead and gave it a try and since they were well-coated with butter I sliced some potatoes and put them dry in the bottom of the pan. Awhile into the cook a couple of the legs fell out of the rack so at that point I laid all 4 directly on the potatoes.
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The potatoes turned out very tender and had a lot of flavor from the butter and herbs. The chicken had a nice crispy skin and was cooked enough to allow the drumstick to easily pull out of the thigh.
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We didn't eat as much as I thought we would so now I have a fridge full of leftovers...well, maybe not so full now since I've had to pack 2 lunches. :wink:

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