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Discussion in 'Pork' started by smkemifugotem, Apr 19, 2009.
About how long should it take to smoke some ribs?
And how can I tell when they are done?
What kind of ribs? Pork spare ribs will probably take a total of about 6 hours at temps around 225. Babybacks will take about 5 hours at the same temps. I follow the 3-2-1 method for spares.. meaning that the ribs will spend about 3 hours in the smoker then 2 hours wrapped in foil with some liquid (like beer or apple juice) in the smoker then another 1 hour unwrapped in the smoker to firm up. For baby backs you can use the same method except go 2-2-1.
I hope that makes sense
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I use the bend test.
At 225* it takes about 4-6 hours for back ribs.
3-2-1 an 2-2-1 are very nice guidelines. Good place ta start. However, I do spares an it does sorta depend on the rib but, I've trimmed it down ta 3 in smoke, 1 wrapped, an 1/2 unwrapped ta dry em up a bit or 3-1-1/2. The 1 I put the ribs in a roaster pan in the oven covered an then fer the 1/2 I put em on a cookie sheet ta dry em in the oven. Use the same 225* heat in the oven I did in the smoker.
Ya can sure do the whole thin in the smoker, but usin the oven is quick, easy an saves some aluminum foil!
The idear is they er done when the meat pulls back from the bone a bit an ya pick em up with tongs an they bend nicely without fallen appart. This will give ya a rib with just a bit a "bite" to it without bein tough an yet won't fall apart on ya either.
Make sure ya pull the silver membrane on the back to.