|Smoked Chicken and Beef Ribs with Green Beans & Bush's Baked Beans|
So this weekend we bought a smoker. My husband had been wanting to buy a smoker for a while and since fall and winter are coming, this is the time were we can BBQ and eat outside. Living in the desert during the hot months of June, July, August and mid September is not fun! Heat and humidity is not the ideal weather for cooking food outside.
We (my husband) started the morning off with the beef ribs since those take a little longer to smoke than the chicken. He marinated the ribs the night before with white vinegar, honey, some trader joe's smoked seasoning, and salt. Left it in the fridge and the next day started up the smoker with some charcoal and apple wood, then put the ribs on the smoker at around 8 am.He kept checking to make sure the temperature was at the right degree. We then added the chicken in at around 1:30pm, with a little bit of the same seasoning and off it went into the cooker.
Moment of truth came around... 6pm!!! Oh, man did the aroma from outside smell so good! My husband brought in the ribs and chicken and we plated them with green beans and bush's sweet mesquite beans. And the sauce for the ribs was "Famous Dave's BBQ Sauce," Devil's spit. We usually use "Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce"... You know, "The Sauce Is The Boss!" But, decided to go a different route this time with the ribs.
The ribs were very good, falling off the bone good. The smoked flavor that filled your mouth was just mouth watering good. Tender not tough at all, and the sauce was left with a little bit of wanting more flavors and maybe sweetness to it, the kick to it was a mildly taste to compare it with "Franks Red Hot." I was expecting more out of the sauce which fell a little off the flavor wagon.
And now, for the chicken. The chicken was the high light of the dinner for me, anyhow. Stab your fork into it and you have flakes of chicken falling all over. From the smoker it came out nice and juicy. Once I took a bite out of the chicken, it felt like it was melting in my mouth! So savory and more than I was expecting it to be. I don't think I've ever had chicken like that before. The smoker did it justice! And this time I added "Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce" to my chicken and was perfect!
So for everyone that has been trying or thinking about smoking food... Do it! The wait is worth the anticipation and the taste is everything. Now to only figure out what to smoke next. So if anyone has any ideas, please send them our way!