Johnny Trigg Ribs

Johnny Trigg Ribs
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Step 1
Recommended rib types: St. Louis style rack of ribs or loin back rack

If the ribs are frozen, thaw them out for approximately 3-4 days in the refrigerator. On the day of the cook, let the unfrozen ribs come to room temperature, it’s OK to set them out for 45 minutes or so. While the ribs are sitting out, coat them with canola oil, then apply a sweet, sugar based rub on the ribs. Just because the spices are called a rub, you don’t actually rub it into the meat. That just tears up the surface of the meat. Instead, gently pat the rub into the meat. Let it sit until the rub turns into a syrup glaze.

Recommended commercial rubs:

<li> Blues Hog
<li> Dizzy Pig Pineapple
<li> Penzey’s BBQ 3000
<li> Penzey’s Galena Street
<li> Smokin’ Guns Hot
<li> McCormick’s Grillmates Sweet & Smoky
<li> KC Butt Spice

Prepare the cooker for smoking. You should have a smoker or a charcoal grill to cook ribs. If you have a charcoal grill, use the 2-zone method. Set the temperature of the grill to approximately 225 degrees.

Step 2
Wait about 20-30 minutes for the temperature to stabilize at 225 degrees. Add the glazed rack of ribs to the cooker, flesh side up. Remember, the lid is always on or closed with the vents wide open. Only crack the lid if absolutely necessary.

Add 2 or 3 chunks of dry seasoned hardwood/fruitwood such as: cherry, oak, apple, hickory, pecan, peach or a combination of wood. These are some of my favorites. However, stay away from mesquite, the smoke will overpower the pork. Moreover, do not use wood chips or soak the wood in water.

Let the ribs smoke for 3 hours. Check the temperature often without opening the cooking chamber and keep it around 225 degrees. Also, check the charcoal and water/liquids as necessary.

Note: One element to achieve tender, moist ribs is making sure that there is a source for water in the cooking chamber. Humidity keeps the moisture inside the ribs. Typically, large trailer smokers create moisture by cooking large quantities of meat, but doing with one or 2 racks of ribs cannot produce moisture in the grill. So, adding a pan of water directly over the heat source or next to it can recreate that moisture.

Step 3
At 3 hours, the ribs could be considered ready to eat. But, the connective tissue has not broken down at this point. Eating the ribs now would be tough and chewy. This next step will accelerate the break down of connective tissue which will result in a tender product.

When the 3 hours are almost up, create a flat preparation area. Tear a sheet of aluminum foil, enough to completely wrap 1 rack of ribs. Remove the ribs from the grill and wrap the ribs in aluminum foil.

Wrap ingredients:

<li> Parkay margarine
<li> Turbinado sugar (Sugar In The Raw)
<li> Honey
<li> Tiger Sauce (sweet chile sauce)

Before you seal it up, add ¼ cup of apple juice. Doing this will expedite the cooking process of breaking down the meat and render off the fat. Seal it up tight so no liquids leak.

Place the ribs flesh side down on the grill grate and continue to cook at 225 degrees for 2 hours. At this point, wood chunks are no longer needed, but continue to add water and charcoal.

Step 4
At 2 hours, 5 hours total, remove the foiled ribs and unwrap them. They should look moist and the rub looks mealy. Another thing to notice is how much the meat has pulled back from the bone. If there is about a ¼ inch of bone pulled back, you’re in good shape. If not, don’t sweat it because it is not a litmus test for doneness. Discard the foil wrap and liquid.

Place on the grill flesh side up and apply more rub one last time. Pop on the lid and cook for the last hour to firm it up.

If you use barbecue sauce, now is the time to 1) Take it out of the refrigerator and sit out at room temperature 2) Warm it up on the grill/stove. The popular application for barbecue sauce is to put it on the 10 minutes before you take the ribs off the grill.

Step 5
Using the 3-2-1 method takes the guessing out of knowing when ribs are done. Nonetheless, there are several ways to check to make sure they are tender. Here are a few ways to tell:

<li> When the meat pulls back about a ¼” from the bone.
<li> Take a toothpick, poke between the bones at the thickest part of the ribs. If it easily slides in and out of the rack…it’s done.
<li> With a pair of tongs, grab one end of the ribs. If they bend easy they are done, if not, keep them in the cooker.

Note: The 3-2-1 typically does not produce fall off the bone ribs. To achieve fall off the bone ribs…cook them longer. This will further break down the meat. Do this with caution because the meat will turn to mush and you can ruin a good rack of ribs. In other words, ribs are too expensive to make them fall off the bone…you can get the same results from pulled pork and it’s cheaper!

FYI…If you didn’t achieve a tender rack of ribs, don’t be discouraged. It’s an epidemic that seems to hit everyone, yes including me. I can’t explain it because you can do the same exact steps with different results. Ribs can be a fickle beast.

Step 6
Once the ribs are done, let them rest for a few minutes to let all the juices settle. When cutting the ribs, use a sharp, un-serrated knife. I cut mine into single or 2 bones so everybody can dig into those tender treats.

Tip: My family likes their ribs to be heavily sauced and burnt. So after the ribs are done, I apply a coat of barbecue sauce. Then cook them over direct heat for a minute or 2 on the charcoal or gas grill. Apply a second coat of sauce…repeat until the ribs are sticky and charred.


Myron Mixon Brisket

Myron Mixon Brisket
For the beef injection and marinade:
  • 1 quart water
  • 3 tablespoons beef base (preferably Minor's brand) or beef bouillon powder
  • 3 tablespoons au jus concentrate (preferably Minor's brand) or one 15-ounce can strong beef broth
For the beef rub:
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle pepper powder
  • ½ teaspoon chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated dried onion
For the beef injection and marinade:
  1. In a large stockpot over high heat, bring the water to a boil. Add the beef base and the beef au jus to the water, and stir until dissolved. Remove from the heat. If reserving for a later use, let the liquid cool then pour it into a jug or bottle. This can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
For the beef rub:
  1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients thoroughly. You can store this rub in an airtight container indefinitely.
For the meat:
  1. Trim your brisket. Place the brisket, fat side up, in an aluminum baking pan. Inject it by eyeballing 1-inch squares all over the brisket and injecting half of the beef injection in those squares. Flip the brisket over, fat side down, and pour the remaining injection/marinade over the meat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight. 30 minutes before you are ready to cook the brisket, heat a smoker to 350 degrees, keeping it an average of 300 degrees. (You can also use a gas grill, but you’ll need to prepare it for smoking.)
  2. Remove the brisket from the marinade and discard the marinade. Using your hands, apply the beef rub all over the meat. Place the brisket in a clean aluminum baking pan, place the pan in the smoker, and cook for 2 ½ hours. Remove the pan from the smoker and cover it with aluminum foil. Put it back into the smoker and cook for another 1 ½ hours or until the temperature in the point end of the meat reaches 205 degrees. Remove the pan from the smoker and wrap the pan, still covered with aluminum foil, in a thick blanket. Let it rest at room temperature for 3-4 hours. Unwrap the pan, discard the foil, and remove the brisket, taking care to save the the accumulated juices. Set the brisket aside. Strain the juices of all grease, and pour the juices into a medium saucepan. Warm the juices over medium heat, and allow them to come to a simmer.
  3. Meanwhile, slice the brisket against the grain; try to make the slices as consistently sized as possible. Place the slices on a warm platter and pour the juices over them. Serve immediately.
Four hours of smoking, four hours in the blanket wrap. Start eight hours before you want to eat.

NB (Summer 2013): HALF the salt. At LEAST half it. Way too salty.


Hamburgers, basic 2

Hamburgers, basic 2
Recipe type: Entree
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¾ cup dry bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  1. Preheat grill for high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, evaporated milk, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, and garlic using your hands. Form the mixture into 8 hamburger patties.
  3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill patties 5 minutes per side, or until well done.


Hamburgers, basic grilled

Hamburgers, basic grilled
Recipe type: Entree
Hamburger Patty Recipe
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef (80 percent lean) – this is the perfect balance of fat
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Sour cream (3 tablespoons)
  • Dijon mustard (3 tablespoons)
  • Chopped fresh dill (1½ tablespoons)
  • Worcestershire sauce (2 teaspoons)
  • Garlic powder – optional (1/2 teaspoon)
Cooking Hamburger
  1. Spread the meat over a large surface like a plate or a glass pan sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Gently toss the meat with your hands to incorporate the seasonings. Do not overmix.
  3. Divide the meat in to 4 portions and pat into 1-inch-thick patties, making a ¼ inch indentation in the center of each.
  4. Rub each burger with a dab of vegetable oil.
  5. Grill the burgers covered, indentation side up until seared well on the first side. This should take no more than 3 minutes. Whatever you do, don’t press on the burgers while they are on the grill! This will release all of the juices and the result will undoubtedly be a dry and crumbly.
  6. Flip the burgers and continue to grill the other side until they reach your desired doneness. Again, don’t press on those burgers! Take a sip of your beer if you must do something.
  7. Transfer the burgers to a plate and let them rest under a foil tent for 5 minutes. This step is necessary to lock in those juices.