The rub they have been using is Cajun Foreplay by Dinosaur BBQ. It is nicely balanced with some heat, some sweet, and other familiar Cajun flavors. You can get it at the local grocery store they said. But, our local Grocery Monopoly had other ideas. In a fit of madness they reset the store shelves and in the process, reduced their inventory. Cajun Foreplay did not make the cut. After some aimless wondering through the completely illogical rearranging of the store, I found the spice aisle and settled on a bottle of Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Redfish Magic. I have used this product in the past and I have been very satisfied. So, I grabbed a bottle, checked out, and went home to peaceful afternoon of culinary experimentation.
First, I removed the membrane from the back of my baby backs and added a liberal coating of the seasoning to my ribs, front and back.
I briefly considered using the smoker to cook this rack of ribs. But, at the last minute, I decided to cook these ribs on a hot grill using indirect heat. On one side of the grill I dumped a full chimney of hot coals, dialed the vents back to about 1/4 open, placed the ribs on the far side of the grill, and closed the lid. After an hour, I placed some kale tossed in olive oil into a cast iron skillet and placed on indirect heat and moved the ribs above the fire on the top rack.
For a finishing glaze, I mixed equal parts stone ground creole mustard with honey and mixed until spreadable with a grill brush.
For the last half hour of cooking, I moved the kale and ribs over the hot coals and applied the rib glaze in two applications, 15 minutes apart.
Once the glaze had set, I removed from the grill and let them rest for 15 minutes before slicing. Then I served with the kale and some fresh corn on the cob.
These ribs turned out pretty good. The heat from the seasoning was nicely balanced with the tart from the mustard and the sweetness of the honey. I had also forgot how good ribs could taste when cooked slowly on a hot grill versus low and slow on a smoker. Most importantly, not one hint of traditional BBQ flavor. Just what the doctor ordered for my acute case of BBQ fatigue.
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