Coast Cooking

Coast Cooking: Smoke your own barbecued ribs

Smoked and barbecued ribs don't have to be only in the realm of seasoned pit masters. In fact, there is a pretty good recipe for ribs that can be done on your stove top, if you have a good stove vent.

You will need a stove-top smoker, but if you are anything like serious about cooking and good food, that inexpensive piece of equipment should be in your kitchen already.

Google stove-top smokers and you will see a good one can be had for about $30. It is a versatile kitchen tool, and because you are using your stove as a source of heat, you can regulate the temperature easily.

It also requires a very small amount of wood. I pick up pecan branches that fall in my neighborhood and keep them just for that purpose. Half a cup of chopped wood, dry, not wet, will do just nicely.

SMOKED AND STEAMED RIBS

1 rack pork ribs

1/2 cup wood chips (pecan, mesquite, and/or hickory)

Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning

Black pepper

1 can favorite beer

 

Place the wood chips in the bottom of the smoker, add the pan rack, then the pan to hold the ribs. Season the ribs liberally, place in the smoker and close it up tight. Turn the stove on medium low and make sure to turn the stove vent on full blast. As the smoker starts to belch smoke, turn the flame down to low. Smoke the ribs for about 30 to 45 minutes. Crack the lid open and pour the beer into the bottom of the pan (not on the ribs), close it back up and steam until the ribs are falling apart and delicious, about 30 minutes. Serve with your favorite barbecue sauce.

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