Ribs on the smoker my way!

My first ribs on the Traeger pellet smoker/grill. I used the 3 – 2 – 1 – method of three hours of smoke, two hours while wrapped in foil with new sauce applied and then one hour unwrapped with new sauce applied to set the sauce and finish the cooking.

Here are the pork ribs after an overnight soak with our home rub ready to start the three hour smoke.



The ribs after the first hour of smoking.



The ribs after the three hours of smoke ready for more sauce and a two hour cook in foil.



The ribs wrapped and ready to be opened up and cooked for one more hour without the foil and with a new coating of sauce applied (this cook sets the sauce).


And after the last hour of cooking, the ribs are ready to be brought in and served for dinner. They were fall off the bone tender and very tasty!


Chili Verde with Pork on the Traeger

So we went all out with this first time meal (we have had burritos from the chili Verde also now) all cooked on the pellet grill/smoker. The pork had a nice smoke ring and flavor that imparted to the Chili Verde and the peppers were easy to peel after their time on the grill. I used our old turkey roaster pan to simmer all of the ingredients for a few hours and it was worth it. Great with rice and beans, in a burrito and soon we will make enchiladas with the meat and sauce. Enjoy!

The pieces of pork smoking and cooking.porkfor-chiliverde


The Tomatillos ready to cook for easy skin removal.



An assortment of green chilies for flavor and heat ready to be cooked to remove skins.


All ingredients in the pot to simmer for three hours!

Chili Verde in the pot


And the finished product ready for the plate or some burritos or chili Verde enchiladas.

Finished Pork Chili Verde

For those Alaskan King Crab Lovers

So we decided to do some King Crab legs on the new smoker/grill to compare them with previous batches using the propane grill. I found many ideas on the web on how to heat them up so se dove in and cooked up a bunch I had bought from Costco. Below are the crab legs on the smoker and next is the bowl of empty shells (about half of what we cooked) which gave us leftovers. Our preference is to use the pellet grill now for our King Crab Legs!! enjoy!


The beginning of a great meal!

king crab cooking


The empty shells from a great meal!

king crab shells

Game Hens, Turkey Legs and Beef Jerky

Well here are some more items on our menu that turned out okay on the Pellet smoker/grill. We have Chili Verde made with smoked pork in the pot cooking on the grill right pictures to follow of that event.

Game hens with Italian sausage



Beef Jerky starting out.



Turkey legs and a sweet potato


Rack of lamb and a sweet potato

So we did a rack of lamb on the Traeger for dinner and by starting the sweet potato about one hour ahead of the lamb both were done at the same time. We have done many rack’s of lamb but this was the best and easiest to do. Simple recipe no flare up from the fat and it was juicy and tender! The sweet potato was done and had the wood oven taste but not a smoky flavor.


Rack-of-Lamb Lamb-and-sweet-potatoe