A while ago I mentioned that my next quest on my food journey was rib tips. I always love the cheap, plentiful, great tasting food. I purchased a 10 pound box of tips from Moo and Oink. I had to have it shipped, so the cost was a little higher than it normally would be. If you can get there in person, it is only $10.99 for a 10 pound box. $1.10 per pound. I am certain I can find something equivalent locally. It's the economy, stupid!
I decided to do them the basic same way that I prepare my world famous Game Day Ribs. Here we have two separate piles of tips, on the left you see them prepared like Game Day Ribs. On the right we have simple salt and pepper. I have to cook for kids and I thought that the Game Day Rub might be a bit much for the little ones. These photos are after the tips sat in the fridge overnight in their respective rubs.
I did what the Moo and Oink site said and cooked them at 300 in my oven. I went for 2.5 hours, in a covered container. These would be better grilled, or at least finished on the grill, but I didn't want to deal with the nasty cold weather. Below are the plain salt and peppered tips ready for serving.
Here is the end of one of the tips that had the Game Day Rub on them.
Here is some of the carnage - look at all of that juice.
And here is a closeup of one of the tip sections with the Game Day Rub.
As you may imagine, these things turned out FANTASTIC. There is a bit of a catch though. Tips are a bit more of a challenge to eat than the standard rib. There is a lot of cartilage and other stuff in there that you have to work your way around. Also, the fat content in these things is AMAZING - you can overdose on it if you are a fat eater like me. The meat has an almost smoky flavor to it. Just wonderful.
What a success. I will be making tips again this summer when things warm up so I can finish these on the grill. I think a little smoke on them would be all that I could add to make them better.