Ribs for Tailgate

Discussion in 'Catering & Large Group Gatherings' started by reese771, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. reese771

    reese771 Newbie

    This weekend I picked up about 40 lbs of spare ribs (approximately 12 racks) to be smoked for a large group of fellow tailgaters (Go Pokes!). I am having trouble deciding the best method to get these done and tasting well for the group (though there will be lots of beer present). Time is not an issue here, so please consider that. I have 2 major considerations to keep in mind here. The first is the size of the smoker, and getting 12 racks on at one time. The picture below is a picture of my New Braunfels smoker. The second major consideration is the outside temperature. The weather is calling for a snowy mix, 47, the high, and 27, the low. Keeping the temperature at 225 is going to present a major hurdle, I believe. If you have any secrets, I'd love to know. 

    I have pondered multiple methods of how to go about this.

    The first method is to go all 3-2-1 all on the smoker at 225, however keeping the temperature is going to be a challenge, as I mentioned above. 

    The second method I have pondered is to bake the ribs in the oven for 3 hours at about 225, followed by 2 hours on the smoker in foil, and 1 hour in the smoker with no foil. 3-2-1 with the first 3 in the oven.  

    One last issue I have pondered is what my heat source should be. Shall I use only charcoal, shall I use firewood, or shall I use a mix of both? Temperature is something I struggle with so any help is appreciated. 

    I would love to hear any input on this, and I am open to many ideas! 

  2. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  3. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    I would use wood cut short say
  4. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    Sorry hit send on accident and can't figure out how to edit with tapatalk. Cut short say 8-10" and split small like 2-3"!
  5. reese771

    reese771 Newbie

    What does PITB stand for?
  6. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    "Pain in the butt"
  7. bruno994

    bruno994 Master of the Pit

    For more even temps, use a charcoal basket, with preferably Kingsford Competition briquets if you can find them, if not I use the original Kingsford blue bag with no problem.  I use a charcoal basket even in my big offset, just makes maintaining a fire and even heat so much easier.  You can add small splits of wood to the fire for the smoke or just chips or chunks.  This will give you the best chance at maintaining even heat and temps during the cook.  You're not going to hurt the ribs if you cook them at 250 either, I cook all my comp ribs at or around 250, with a 3-2-.5 method.  The last half hour is just to set a sauce (if you can find Head Country Original, go with it, if not Sweet baby Rays thinned with a bit of apple juice is great as a glaze).  If you need more space, pick up a couple of rib racks, this should allow you to fit all 12 racks in your smoker with one cook.  If you want any smoke on the ribs at all, do not cook them in the oven first.  I think the racks will do the trick for you.

    Happy smoking! 
  8. bruno994

    bruno994 Master of the Pit

    A couple of different versions of rib racks....

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