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Some BB Ribs in my El Cheapo Brinkmann

post #1 of 4
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Well did some Baby Back Ribs yesterday in my Brinkmann.   I did the 2-2-1 and it came out nice but slightly over done.    First, I had a heck of a time keeping the temp stable.   Shot up to 400 and couldnt get it below 300 for over an hour. Think I had too many coals on it.


I prepared the ribs with some of Dusty Roads Rub and set her on the grill, temp was pushing 300 at this point so it cooked quick. After about 1.5 hours I wrapped it in foil and added about 3/4 cup apple juice. Temp was a nice 250 at this point and let her sit for 2 hours.  


When I opened up the foil meat was already falling off the bone but was looking good.  I added some Hickory and let it smoke for another 40 minutes.      Overall they came out good but would change a few things for the next batch.


1. Rub was too thick, made a very salty crust.


2. Ribs were far too lean, very little fat to help with the cooking.


3. Temp too high for at least 50% of the time.


If I have the same problems with Temp control on the next round, I will try a 1-2-.75

post #2 of 4

Hi SB, sounds like you had a few technical issues...live and learn!


Try using the Minion method with your coals, this should give you better temp control as only a few coals at a time will be lit and you should be able to control the airflow with the lower vents.


If you have not already done so you will want to consider making some modifications to your Brinkmann.  http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/newsearch?search=brinkmann+modifications  check out this link for some help.


At the temps you had going there your ribs didn't stand a chance with 2-2-1.  They were probably done after the first hour or so....You must control your temps to get good ribs.  I try to maintain between 225 and 240 when smoking ribs.


Keep on practicing and asking questions and before long you will be making the best ribs around.


Good luck


post #3 of 4
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Thanks.  I made some  of the Mods. Fixed the Coal Tray with some vent holes and a small grill. Also added a therometer to the lid.  I did what I thought was the Minion Meathod, but used far too many coals.


Ill give it another shot next weekend and try with half the coals.

post #4 of 4
Had the same problem with my ECB. I ended up removing almost all of the charcoal and kept some hickory wood chunks burning. After an hour, I was able to "mostly" maintain 220-250 degrees. The more I use the ECB, the closer I ma to totally upgrading. However, I too, am an El Cheapo...IF...you know what I mean.
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