The wife and I hit this little neighborhood topaz place about a month back, the one items we picked were tea smoked ribs, and they were outstanding. I said to the wife I am going to try and make them at home. Since at a topaz place you get like 3 small ribs.. LOL
So I searched the internet and found a couple of recipes, but all of them were made in the over, so I took a common theme from all of them and tried to make it work on the BGE. Here we go...
First of the rub: Brown Sugar, Chineese Five-spice, Salt, Ground Ginger, Ground Coriander, Red Pepper Flakes, Onion Powder. So much different then the a normal rib rub. Couldn't wait to taste it.
Two slabs of baby backs, rubbed good and plenty with this wonderful rub, foiled up and in to the refrigerator overnight.
On to the smoke packet: Loose OOlong Tea, Dry Jasmine Rice, Brown Sugar, Peppercorns, Star Anise Pods, Fresh Ginger, Cinnamon Stick, Orange Peel.
I cut slits in to the packet and threw it on to the lump and the smoke that came off this was unreal, really hard to describe. A cup of tea with a strong scent of the Anise. Really wonderful smelling. You can see some smoke in the below picture.
You can see my "Chair" that I sit in while the ribs are cooking.. it's a tough life!
Ribs are on and the temp at the grate is 238, locked and loaded:
At the two hour mark it was time to foil them up, for this instead of just Apple Cider I tossed in a little bit more loose tea, this time using a flavored tea (Sweet flavored Rooibos tea) along with the apple cider:
Back in the egg for another two hours, although next time I think I am going to do a 3-1-1, the last two times I did a 2-2-1 I felt the ribs are little over done, I don't like them to fall apart when lifting them off the grate.
Lastly the sauce, I am going to tell the truth and admit I didn't make the sauce I bought some korean bbq sauce.
Unfoiled and sauced up the ribs and back on to glaze them up.
Time to plate these bad boys up, I was hoping they would taste half as good as then smelled and looked, to my surprise they were better then I would have hoped!
Along with the ribs, we served an Asian Noodle Salad that my wife made the night before and a good old fashion baked potato. This was one of those meals that I really couldn't believe I made these at home and it didn't come from a restaurant.