I have been catching up on episodes of Stephen Raichlen’s latest TV show: Project Smoke:
When I saw this recipe for gi-normous beef plate ribs I knew I had to make it. This turned out to be an extremely weird Saturday cook. Many things went way differently than planned, but it turned out to be one of the best meals ever. Both these ribs and
the SMOKEHOUSE BEANS
ended up making my Favorites list. To begin at the beginning I was not able to get beef plate ribs on time. I ended up using beef chuck ribs, which are enormous, just not gi-normous. I was then faced with not knowing how long this ribs would take. I read some people saying 3-4 hours, others saying 10-12 hours and others saying everything in between. My guest list changed and the exact timing was less critical than normal. So rather than start it in the wee hours of the morning I decided I would get up at 4AM and start them by 5AM. I figured 7 to 8 hours. Cutting to the chase: the ribs took 11 hours plus 1 hour to finish in a covered foil pan with some Beef Stock. Dinner became supper, but the wait was worth it. I had to hold the beans for a couple hours in a crock pot, but they were not harmed from holding. These chuck ribs ribs were tender, juicy and had a very smokey flavor. Not too strong, but just right. These chuck ribs were smaller than the plate ribs, but were still a meal in and of themselves. Seeing how good these were, I can’t wait to try the even bigger beef plate ribs.