Rib Marathon Today..............Plagued by Wind and ASH!

Discussion in 'Meat Selection and Processing' started by smokinvegasbaby, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. Smoking a ton of ribs today for a fundraiser at my church on Saturday.  Decided to get a head start on the smoking today. So far I have smoked 12 slabs of ribs...got 6 more slabs on the smoker right now.  Today of all days it is super windy on my side of town grrrrrrr I hate when that happens.  Drives me and my smoker nuts!   Anyway, this afternoon just as I lifted up the lid to my firebox to tend to my fire, a big gust of wind came up and of course you know what happened next...............ash everywhere! 

    I can't get mad at the wind because, it was my fault because, I should have paid closer attention to the ash buildup in my firebox.  I have one of those ash scooper-out-things.  I normally scoop out the ash before it builds up.  Today, I was busy in the kitchen working on side orders and baking goodies.........back to my rant.......... After several minutes of swearing (I will pray for forgiveness later!), I decided to do something about that annoying ash. I knew desperate measures had to be taken if I didn't want my "oh so divine swine" to be covered with ash every time I open my firebox lid. First I scooped out the ash buildup in my firebox then, I cleverly came up with my best idea ever............ Sometimes a girl has got to improvise lol.......here's what I came up with.

    I took my grease splatter screen and covered it with aluminum

    then I covered the smoking chamber hole..........ash problem solved!

    I used my "ash blocker" when I tended to my ribs also.  It worked like a charm.  Don't know if my little invention is new on this site - but it sure is new to me.  Now I can finish my smoke is perfect peace knowing I won't be serving ribs topped with ash lol.....

    My ribs are finally done no thanks to the wind today!  I guess I shouldn't complain too much because all that wind really cooled it off today.  Anyway, I ended up wrapping my ribs at the 2 1/2 hour mark so they are literally falling-off-the-bone-tender.  Oh well, they are still off the hook delish!  Here's my Q-views......

    Last edited: Jun 17, 2016
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  2. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great idea and good luck with the fundraiser!
  3. thanks b-one......
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    That will work and great creative thinking!. A lot of folks mount a permanent Baffle on the other side of the wall. This leaves about a 3" gap at the bottom, evens out temps and holds flying ashes at bay. Take a look for when you have some free time...JJ

  5. Hey JJ - how's it going my friend.  I kind of figured there was something out there.  If my Jerry had of been here he would have figured that out already.  Anyway, I got all of my ribs done no thanks to the wind.  But on the brighter side, all that wind certainly made it cooler today!  I ended up wrapping my ribs at the 2 hour mark so they are literally falling off the bone tender.  Oh well...they are still off the hook good!  Be Blessed my friend and thanks for the link.  I will check it out.

  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    There is a reason they say, " Necessity is the MOTHER of invention..." Momma always found a way!...[​IMG]...JJ
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2016
  7. Necessity is the mother of invention. Points for the ingenuity!

    Ribs look great too.
  8. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Those should warm up nice on a hot grill and another slathering of rub and or sauce.

    Great job.
  9. AMEN to that JJ [​IMG]
  10. awwww thanks for the points and compliment tbrtt1.......the ribs were smoking!
  11. thanks bmudd that would be the plan...............some of the rib dinners will be packaged up so people can take them home after church service to enjoy at home.  So tomorrow, I will be tagging and bagging some food!
  12. smokinal

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

    Nice job on the ribs, they look delicious!

  13. thanks Al...........have a great weekend!

  14. Nice Job, best looking ribs I've see in a long time, Only thing you might do different next time is send me some   Great Smoke


  15. haha Gary! I most certainly will send you a couple of slabs of my finger-licking-good ribs....thanks for the points.  have a great weekend.

  16. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    Way to think fast, Josie! And beautiful ribs as well!
    I hope your event went well.
  17. thanks Dan.

    it's amazing how fast one has to think when you're in a crunch lol.  My event is tomorrow afternoon.  Have a great weekend.

  18. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    Oops, I read right by the first sentence of your post. Sorry. I have no doubt your food will be a hit and wish I could be there!
  19. lol.....no worries Dan.  Come on up there's going to be lots of food for all.
  20. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Wow Josie, I would love to have some of those ribs!

    You are killin it girl!


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