Saturday, May 24, 2014

Spare Ribs in the Davy Crockett

This St. Louis spare rib cook was done to help determine the capacity and method of cooking in my little tailgate cooker.

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I started with 3 slabs of St. Louis cut spare ribs that still needed some clean up and trim work before placing on the grill.

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After the trim job, I gave them a generous coat of my favorite rib rub and then let them come to the sweat stage before placing them on the cooker. 

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I rolled the Davy Crockett tailgater around to my cooking patio and added my Weber rib rack to the cooker and then brought it up to my smoking  temp of about 160 degrees. 

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I added the 3 whole slabs of spare ribs and smoked them pretty heavy for the first hour. After the first hour, I raised the temp up to 270 degrees for the balance of the cook. I cooked the spares for an additional 3 hours which was a total of 4 hours and never moved or touched them. I then wrapped the ribs in foil. 

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I used some apple juice, Agave syrup, honey, and brown sugar inside my foil packets. 

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The foiled spare ribs went back into the cooker and they were cooked an additional 75 minutes.

While the ribs were finishing up in the foil, I made up my favorite ribs sauce consisting of   three of the Blues Hog products along with some real maple syrup and honey.

I then unwrapped the ribs and applied a heavy coat of my sauce and placed them back into the cooker for my glaze. 

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At this point, I took the rib rack out of the cooker and added my raised grid for the glaze to these 3 slabs but if I had cooked the full 5 slabs, I would have had to used the rib rack for the glaze. 

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I let the ribs glaze for about 25 minutes and then removed them from the cooker. Really looked great and had a wonderful color. The total cooking time was a little under 5-1/2 hours. 

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Cut the 3 slabs into individual pieces and then plated them for serving.

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Sure made for a nice meal.

Very happy with the cook as I feel the possibility of cooking 5 slabs of St. Louis cut  spare ribs ribs in this little Davy Crockett tailgate cooker will work well for me in the future. 


  1. What raised grid did you use to fit in the davy crockett?

  2. My raised cooking grid is a 10X15" cooling rack by Culinary Institute of America and I purchased it from Amazon Prime for $12.95 and that includes shipping.

    This is the hardware you will need for the grid.

    (4) 1/4" carriage bolts 4 inches long
    (4) 1/4" flat washers
    (4) 1/4" fender washers
    (12) 1/4" nuts

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    1. Hi Dave, I just found my way over here form BBQ Brethren, I was asking about a portable grill to use when in the RV, you suggested the Davy Crockett.

      Greta site, you are giving me lots of new ideas.

  4. Hello Dale, Thanks for the kind comments and I do hope you enjoy the site. There is also a ton of information on the Weber Kettles especially the Weber Jumbo Joe which is prefect for a RV.

  5. Dave,
    I looked that these also, I still may want to have a small grill for searing in addition to the Davy Crockett, this might be a good choice. It is a little awkward shape wise though. But, a little gasser might be even better for a secondary grill, since I wouldn't have to carry charcoal and will always have plenty of LP.

  6. Dave, just been reading up on the Jumbo Jim, humm... looks like I could do about anything I'm looking for with it. I also have an 18.5 in WSM, so the same accessories will fit, and I am considering doing some BBQ competitions now that I'm retired.

    Now I'm rethinking the Davy Crockett!

    Thanks again for the info.

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  8. ended up buying the Davy Crockett, good choice!

  9. Dale, that is just great...your gonna love it! If you need any help with anything on that fine little cooker, let me know and I will try to help.

    1. Hi Dave,

      Was wondering if you have a good way to sear on the DC? I posted this question on Pelletheads, most said to just crank to high, 550°. I think that not hot enough....

  10. Hello Dale, I have a couple off good methods of searing on the Davy Crockett grill. E-mail me at and we can talk about them.

  11. Hey Dave. Did you ever get more than 3 racks on you DC? If so, how did it turn out?

  12. George, I haven't tried it yet but the rib rack I was using on the above article does hold up to 5 racks of ribs and I am sure the DC can handle that load.