Spare ribs were dry

Discussion in 'Pork' started by core cycle, May 18, 2009.

  1. I did 2 slabs of spare ribs yesterday using the 3-2-1 process and followed it to the letter, ribs tasted fine and were fall-off-the-bone tender but were dry,any anyone have any thoughts??
    I have a brinkman 2 door square vertical gas smoker temp fluctuated some 215*F to 250*F but I corrected as soon as I noticed, I have a digital thermometer with 2 probes

  2. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    even at 250 they should have been great - my only guess (and i could easily be wrong) is that they were done early and were simply on too long.

    another possibility is that the temps might have been a little too low if below 225 for too long. when temps get down there like that, you're not really cooking ribs anymore; you're making jerky.

    two suggestions, but i can't say for sure - my only advice is to try again! persistence leads to success and, in BBQ, even the failures are pretty darn good, usually!
  3. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The only time I have ever dried out my ribs (I never foil) is when I overcooked them. Maybe that was the case, it happens. Still better than no ribs I bet[​IMG]
  4. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    The worst ribs I ever made since I started smoking, were still miles ahead of anything I ever destroyed on my old gas grill.

    Core cycle.... It's tough to say, but I'm leaning towards over-cooked.
  5. mikey

    mikey Smoking Fanatic

    Were those ribs bought "fresh" or frozen? If they were frozen, they'll lose some moisture in the thawing process, which might be a contributing factor to the dry condition after you smoked em.

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