Originally Posted by Chef Willie
Looking good....think you'll be pleased, Costco has some very meaty ribs.
Thanks Willie. We were very pleased with the results and the Costco ribs had plenty of meat on them. So much so, that I felt I should go with the 3-2-1 method even though they were baby backs. I think, next time I'll go somewhere around 2.5-2-1 to get them to hang on the bone just a little more. Also, as I've mentioned before Costco's ribs come 3 full racks to the pack (i.e. the two racks I show in the picture are just one full rack) and are priced great (about 3.99 lb last time i bought them).
As for the Brinkmann, I had a little trouble with it running hot to start, had to take out about 10 or so pieces of charcoal and fully shut the vents. This was probably due to the warm windy day (and the fact that the last time I used it it was about 40 degrees when I first fired it up). But then it ran fairly steady, with me adding around 10 or so pieces twice during the 5 hours it was on the smoker. Added hot water to the pan twice. So while not completely worry free, I was able to go tackle some projects around the house.
I can see that eventually I'm going to need something bigger. For a party, its going to be hard to smoke more that 3 full racks of ribs, and maybe some chicken pieces on the top shelf.
Oh. And the best part was when I showed the ribs to my neighbor. He was impressed, but then added - "So that's why it smelled like bacon all day today."
Also thanks Beer-B-Q, Meateater, Bmudd, and Gotarace for the encouraging comments.