For truly "tender, fall off the bone, make your friends jealous, rival the rib joints" style meat, the best method is slow and low. With just a few basic items that you can pick up at almost any large grocery store you can even fashion yourself a mini-smoker to infuse that lovely meat with the taste of the Southern barbecue you've been craving.
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Things You'll Need
- Meat to smoke
- Dry rub, if using
- Wood chips
- Baking sheet
- Wire rack
- Aluminum baking pan
- Disposable aluminum grill pan or veggie tray
Optional: Barbeque sauce
Step 1: Soak the Wood Chips
Place about 2 cups of wood chips in a large bowl, cover with water. Soak for two hours. Drain, reserving a few tablespoons of the soaking water.
Step 2: Add the Wood Chips to a Baking Sheet
Spread the wood chips evenly onto a large rimmed baking sheet, adding a little bit of the soaking liquid.
Step 3: Add a Wire Rack
Step 4: Poke Holes in the Baking Pan
Poke several holes in the sides of the baking pan (not the bottom), and place over the wire rack.
Step 5: Add Meat to the Grill Pan
Dry rub the meat, if desired, then place on a disposable aluminum grill pan or veggie tray over the prepared aluminum baking pan.
Step 6: Cover with Lots of Aluminum Foil
Cover the entire make-shift smoker with several layers of aluminum foil making sure that there are no holes or gaps in order to effectively trap the smoke inside.
Step 7: Bake
Place the oven rack in the lowest position. Bake the meat at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 1/2 hours.
Step 8: Remove from Oven
Let cool slightly before removing the foil.
Step 9: Sauce (if Desired) and Serve
If you want, slather on some sauce before serving.