South Dakota Corncob-Smoked Ribs
Ribs smoked over dried corncobs? We traveled more than 3,000 miles and cooked 150 pounds of ribs to try to replicate them at home—without a bottomless supply of cobs.
Why This Recipe Works
Corncobs may seem like an odd choice for smoking meat, but they impart a sweet, subtle smokiness that more assertive hardwood can’t offer. Cornmeal gives these ribs an initial blast of smoky flavor, while the fresh cobs offer long-lasting smoke and a nutty aroma. Starting with a bed of unlit coals and topping them with lit coals gives us a constant heat source without the hassle of reloading the grill.