We had some time in our house this weekend and so we decided to smoke some ribs. We ran to the butchers (10 min before they closed) to get a rack of ribs. We had never smoked anything before. We definitely could've been a little more prepared!
We got home and my husband pulled out the instructions for our grill. It came with charcoal holders specifically for when you are cooking with indirect heat. We had thought ahead enough to purchase some hickory wood, so we got that soaking as well. Meanwhile I was working on a rub for the ribs. I put some Tony Chachere's on there because it seemed to have a lot of the same stuff rib rubs do, and then some sweet paprika and chili powder. We let the ribs sit out while the coals heated up, and then when they were ready we threw the ribs on.
They smoked beautifully. About a 1/2 hour before they are ready to serve my husband asks me to pull out the bbq sauce. I discover we don't have any bbq sauce. So I search chowhound for recipes, but we don't have any ketchup either (I know, we are condiment challenged) so a lot of the recipes were out. We ended up choosing one that was 2 c. vinegar and 1 T. brown sugar and some other spices. As you can imageine it was tart! So, we add all the brown sugar we have in the house, and it becomes ok. We put that on the meat and it actually tasted quite good!
We were pretty happy with the turn out, but we definitely could've been better prepared.