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Need help with ribs

Postby smokeless » Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:24 pm

Going to fire up the smoker this weekend ( kind of unamerican if you dont) I was looking for some tips from the pros on smoking ribs. Mainly time and temp, but any other tips would be appreciated. Also what do yall think about the electric smokers? Thanks Happy 4th
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Re: Need help with ribs

Postby Bluz » Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:32 pm

I only go by cooking temps, inside the pit not meat temps on Ribs. I use the 3-2-1 method on spares and 3-1-1, on my Baby Backs. I normally cook at or around 225-240. I add some apple juice and a bit more rub when I foil, then watch very closely so that they dont turn to mush. I remove from the pit when I pick them up with the tongs and they are bending easily , even looking as if they are gonna break in half, then a final tell tell sign is that the meat is pulling away from the bones sometimes a 1/2 inch or more. Happy 4th and good luck with your REEBS!!!!
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Re: Need help with ribs

Postby egghead » Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:33 pm

My process is simple

Remove membrane
slather with yellow mustard
Apply rub - Sucklebusters Hog Waller or Hoochie Mama
Stabilize grill at 240-250
I like some chunks of pecan for smoke
Smoke indirect
I mist with 50/50 apple juice/apple cider vinegar every 30 minutes after hour 3
Look for a pull back of 1/2 to 1"
Check for doneness using bend test
Baby backs usually take 5-6 hours and Spares 6-7 hours
If you are saucing - apply and leave on the cooker another 30 minutes
I don't foil but lots of folks do with great results

Can't comment on electric smoker

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Re: Need help with ribs

Postby simon » Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:58 pm

nothing to add to bluz + eh posts.

All is said :-)

On thing: nice cook, take pics and post it :-)
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Re: Need help with ribs

Postby ChileFarmer » Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:49 pm

I think you got all the answers in the above post. Don't know anything about eclectic smokers. To me an electric smoker is kinda like cheating. But then again I have never used one. I like playing with fire. CF :D
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Re: Need help with ribs

Postby Scott P » Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:58 pm

I tend to slather my ribs in a mustard sauce and then apply whatever rub I feel like using. I also do 3-2-1 and 3-1-1 for my ribs. I use apple juice and brown sugar when I put them in the foil. I keep the temps around 225 and use apple or cherry chunks in my Weber Smokey Mountain.
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Re: Need help with ribs

Postby Hayraker » Thu Jul 01, 2010 1:59 pm

My ribs are simple.

Remove membrane.

Spray with cooking oil.

Apply dry rub of choice ( I like plain old jalapeno salt most of the time)

smoke at 230-240 with water pan filled with water and a little bit of Sangria

take off in 5 or 6 hours and eat.
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Re: Need help with ribs

Postby bigbob73 » Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:32 pm

I cook on a masterbuilt electric. You won't need foil nor will you need to mop as its VERY moist inside. ditto what everyone else says about times and temps..
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Re: Need help with ribs

Postby roaniecowpony » Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:52 pm

BigBob,
Since you have an electric and I was considering one (cookshack) similar, can you tell me if you think it produces the same flavor as a charcoal/wood smoker? Or just your opinion on the flavor vs. charcoal/wood smokers.

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Re: Need help with ribs

Postby bigbob73 » Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:15 pm

it's a more subtle flavor, not too smokey. Everything I have made so far has been tender and moist, you really can't go wrong. I do get a nice bark in the end, which I didn't think I would + the wife loves it. win win.
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Re: Need help with ribs

Postby mgwerks » Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:23 am

I use both a WSM and an MES. They both work well, but differently. Bluz nailed the answer for you.
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Re: Need help with ribs

Postby NewBQ » Sat Jul 03, 2010 5:39 am

Remove membrane
Rub
Heat pit to 240-250
Throw ribs on 3 hours
add apple juice/cider vinegar, honey, foil
throw back in pit 2 hours (still 240-250)
open foil, check for pull back on bones
remove from foil, add rub if necessary, throw back on pit till they bend when picked up with tongs!

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Re: Need help with ribs

Postby Hayraker » Sat Jul 03, 2010 5:34 pm

I don't use foil when cooking on the smoker.

I just cook until it is done, then I wrap in foil and let it rest.

Honest question, what is the benefit of using foil while cooking?
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Re: Need help with ribs

Postby Rooster » Sat Jul 03, 2010 5:37 pm

it stops the possibility of burning, allows meat to cook in its own juices, cooks quicker in foil
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Re: Need help with ribs

Postby Hayraker » Sat Jul 03, 2010 6:12 pm

gotcha! thanks.

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