Are rib racks a must have?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by jrmouton, Jun 27, 2014.

  1. New to smoking, and doing my first baby back ribs this weekend on my WSM. Probably a silly question, but can I just put them straight on the grill or should I use one of the rib racks I've seen in some videos?
  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I lay them on the grate all the time.

    Hardly ever use a rib rack.
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  3. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    I've seen baby back ribs bent in a circle like a crown with a piece of butcher twine around it to hold the shape to fit more on the smoker instead of a rib rack.
  4. I use a Rib Rack, I own 2 of them, in my MES all the time.  Saves a ton of room in the smoker doing so.  Placing the ribs on grill, at most, if cut in half, you could get 3 pieces on each rack, withe racks, I can get 8
  5. barnold

    barnold Smoke Blower

    I used a rib rack last weekend because I planned to have so much on my OKJLh.  The ribs cooked the same as  when I lay them flat on the grate.  Going forward, I have no issue using a rack when I need the space.
  6. talan64

    talan64 Meat Mopper

    I have a Traeger, and due to limited room, I always use my rib rack.  If I lay them on the grate, I can get 2 St Louis or 3 BB's.  With the rib rack I have, I could do 8 racks of either.  Since my philosophy, is to fill the smoker whenever I am smoking, I use the rack and usually smoke 6 racks of ribs.  Ribs are just fine frozen and reheated to eat, and it makes it easy for my wife during the week, when I'm @ work to cook or warm up whatever she wants.
  7. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have the 22.5" WSM and only use rib racks when I am cramming a lot of stuff on onto the smoker at one time. With the rack you can fit up to 6 racks of ribs on each level of the WSM.
  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I've never used a rib rack. Don't own one and always do my ribs right on the grate.
  9. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Don,t use one because I don't have to.

    They would be nice if you need space, and they are said to work fine.

    Only negative I could think of is that it is one more thing to clean. Then again, would it be more difficult to add sauce for those who like wet ribs?

    Good luck and good smoking.
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2014
  10. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I like having a rib rack for all the other uses it works for. you can flip it over and if you have the right sized aluminum baking pan you have a juice catcher or water pan and the meat stays up out of the liquid. I use my Weber kettle to smoke a lot and this tool is a must have if you want drippings from a chuck roast for gravy or the like. Or if I need extra room for other stuff. Just my 2 cents but I would get one.
  11. red dog

    red dog Smoking Fanatic

  12. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    You only need a rack or two to do a lot of ribs for a Party or you want to load 'er up with multiple meats. I have two that I purchased to cater a friends 4th of July Picnic. I used them once. The Weber Racks are nice and heavy duty...Nice to Have but don't Need to Have Rib Racks...JJ
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2014
  13. Never used one but my friend always uses one, Like everyone said  its just a space saver if your doing dry ribs. just lay them on the grate bone side down , flip over when you foil.  keep smokin

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