Looks like Mother Nature is giving me the OK to smoke ribs tomorrow (knock on wood), so here are the steps for Ribs Eve!
OK, on with the show!
The first thing to know about ribs is that they require a bit of advance preparation. There is a membrane on the back of a rib rack that should be removed prior to smoking. According to theory (and I don't feel like questioning it), removing the membrane helps the smoke get in there, and since we are cooking with the smoke, since we are striving for the most legendary smoke ring possible (more on this later), and since we are relying on the smoke for tons and tons of flavour, we WANT the smoke to get in there.
Now, you have two options. You can prepare your ribs for a dry rub, or a wet marinade. If you're like me, when confronted with a question along the lines of "Would you like A, or B?" you say "Both!" So, we're going to do a wet rack and a dry rack. Oh, the joys of life!
Now, you're all set for tomorrow. At least, you are on the food front.
Peace til then, dear friends.