How NOT to cook ribs on the BGE

How NOT to cook ribs on the BGE

So I was digging through my old archives of images to find some of my Big Green Egg shots – little did I know just how many shots of the Egg or the food from the Egg I had take over the years. I gathered up over 400 images before I just gave up on it. But I wanted to share with you images from what may possibly be the first batch of ribs I ever cooked on the Egg (Egg #1), which I got back in 2007. Man, did I mess these ribs up. Granted, they were probably still pretty tasty, but they were all sorts of messed up.

The first thing I messed up on was not removing the membrane from the ribs. Check out Amazing Ribs for a great guide on how to remove the membrane. Always, always remove the membrane. Otherwise your ribs won’t cook as well and will be tough to chew.

The second thing I messed up on was the rub. I must have gone through 20+ rib cooks before I found my perfect formula – and I can tell you it doesn’t involve rub. My ribs are now pure – no rub, mustard or even sauce. They don’t need anything when they are cooked on the Big Green Egg. I also experimented with mustard and rub – and that was no bueno either. Pictures of that to come too.

I didn’t find any pictures of the actual cooking, but you can bet that I messed that up as well. But here’s the kicker: I apparently thought that adding honey to the ribs would be a good idea.

What the F was I thinking? I so screwed up those ribs. But even with all my fluff that I tried to add, the Big Green Egg still came through and cooked them perfectly.

Do you have a epic BGE fail to share? If so, let me know below – would love to hear how others have jacked up cooking on the Big Green Egg. More of my stories to come as I dig through the archives – there was a lot of testing and learning going on!

Proud owner of (4) Big Green Eggs since 2007. (2) larges, (1) small egg and (1) Mini. Houston, TX backyard BBQer constantly trying new recipes and learning new things. @biggreenegg on Instagram and @HoustonEgger on the Egghead Forum

1 Comment

  1. Pam Cardaras 4 years ago

    Just got our big green smoker with no instructions.. Have smoked before wit a regular smoker especially turkeys. Nothing better.
    Do you put water in the drip pan, like in a regular smoker? How do you add the chips with the insert in the way?

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