Ribs without the 3-2-1 method

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cfarley, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. cfarley

    cfarley Fire Starter

    I have been making ribs with the 3-2-1 method and it has been working just great. I recently purchased a new smoker, Assasin 24. I want to make some ribs without foiling them and wanted to get a few opinions of time and temp. 
  2. smokinal

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

    It depends on the temp of your smoker. At 225, spares will take about 6 hours & BB's will take about 5.

    I have found the best way to tell when they are done is to check them with a Thermapen.

    195 IT is tender & juicy with a little pull.

    200-205 IT is FOTB.

  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It's the only way I cook ribs, no foil. Like Al said time will depend on the pit temp, type of ribs, and how done you like your ribs.
  4. cfarley

    cfarley Fire Starter

    Do you all mop or spritz? Also I have never cooked spare ribs, only baby back. I always thought the BB had more meat. What's your preference of one over the other?
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Many peeps prefer BBs.

    I prefer Spares (whole--not St Louis cut) because there's more meat, and much cheaper (around here anyway).

  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'll second Bear I go for untrimmed spares.

    I don't moo or spritz. I usually don't sauce unless the kids are having them. If sauced I apply the sauce towards the end. Last 30-45 minutes.

    I typically keep it simple and just use SPOG for the rub. It's the way I like them!
  7. smokinal

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

    We like BB's around here. No foil method.

    I mop mine with a combo of BBQ sauce & apple juice every 45 minutes to an hour.

    If I foil them I don't mop.

  8. betaboy

    betaboy Meat Mopper

    I had to look up the Assasin 24 to check it out. Cool looking unit! My advice won't really apply but one thing I noticed with smoking ribs without any foil is if you're like me and use a lot of wood for fuel, you have to be careful and keep that smoke thin. Otherwise, 6 hours later you can end up with a little bit bitter ribs. Happened to me once and hopefully it won't happen again!

    Spare ribs for me as well, more meat and cheaper is always better!
  9. cfarley

    cfarley Fire Starter

    Thanks for the replies. 
  10. Spares--meatier and cheaper.  Trim only the chine bone, no mop, no spritz, no sauce.  Your mileage may vary.
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  11. cfarley

    cfarley Fire Starter

    On average how many hours are you smoking uncovered?
  12. krex1010

    krex1010 Smoke Blower

    I hang ribs in my wsm usually, generally I don't cover, I run about 275-300 degrees, takes about 4 hours for Babybacks and maybe 5 for spares.....I don't go on time, they are done when they pass both the bend test and the toothpick test.....on the rare ocassion I wrap, I will use butcher paper not foil, smoke until the color looks good then wrap for about an hour.....I don't spray or mop for the first couple hours, I feel like it washes the rub off if I do it too early.

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