I am going to bbq baby back ribs tomorrow for the first time. Instead of hickory chips, would it be ok to use some applewood? I have a small bundle but it is OLD (talking years). Last time I used a couple pieces - about 8 inches with a diameter of 1/8 to 1/4 inch - for a 5 pound chicken and it completely dominated the taste. I don't want to make the same mistake again. I don't have hickory chips but I will certainly get some if it is the best option.
I have 3 racks of ribs at 4.75 pounds and will use a grill rack.
I was just going to use Steven Raichlen's beginner rib recipe (rub and mop) and use lump charcoal.
I am also open to tips!
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