4lb baby backs - Help on how to smoke

Discussion in 'Pork' started by mattcesq, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. Happy Holidays All:

    I asked my butcher for a meaty rack of baby backs and he handed me a 3.81 lb beauty.  I have it all rubbed down and in the frig resting.  Any ideas on how to smoke it?  I was going to try 3-2-1 and thought i might have to extend the last interval by up to an hour. I'll get a picture up asap.  Matt
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    If they are nice & thick the 3-2-1 should work fine. You will be able to tell when you pull them out of the foil. I like to do the last 1 on a 350 degree grill. You probably won't need to keep them on the grill for more than 30 minutes. They get a real nice crust on the outside from the higher heat.
  3. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    what al said
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now the 2-2-1 is for baby backs right. Now they are pretty darn meaty so maybe the 3-2-1 but whos knows. I think I'm leaning towards the 2-2-1 myself. Then depending how fall off the bone you wat them play with the middle 2 time. I do spares alot and only run the middle time for 1 1/4 then take them out of the foil and back onto the grates for the last 45 minutes or so.
  5. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    3-2-1 will work good, I like Al's suggestion of 350F for the last hour to get that nice bark formed.

    That is one nice rack of baby backs!

  6. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    3-2-1 is how I'd do them.
  7. I would smoke them for 4 and a half hours at 225, then you can finish them on the grill or turn up the heat on the smoker to 260 for another 40 min...The bone should have a little give and still hold together without falling apart.  Unless I am at home without a smoker, then I would put them in apple juice, beer, spices and braise them for 4 hours, then cool them off, brush with honey and finish on the grill with some sauce.  Yum!

    Oh, yeah...nice looking rack you have there!  That is the supreme cut!
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2011

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