This is my first time ever smoking ribs and I used the 2-2-1 method. This was a practice run as I'm going to cook 3 more racks tomorrow am before the football games. I used Jeff's rub and BBQ sauce on baby back ribs from Costco (FYI Costco REMOVES THE MEMBRANE FROM THEIR BABYBACKS FOR YOU!). They tasted ALMOST perfect but there are couple things that I wanted opinions about from the more seasoned smokers here. I used a GMG Jim Bowie at 225 deg.
Here is a picture of the ribs after using the mustard + rub.
Here are the ribs after 2 hours with the foil on. I added some 100% apple juice to the pan and applied Jeffs bbq sauce
Here is after the final hour of cooking without foil with bbq sauce re-applied
Here was the finished product after 5 hours total. I let them rest for 30 minutes and then tried to cut them and this is when i discovered my issues.
The bark was awesome and they had a great smoke ring. However they were slightly dry and the bones were falling OFF of the meat. It was a little too much for me. I couldn't even pick up the rack with out the whole thing falling apart. So here is where I need help..
Do you think I should change and only do 2-2-30min? Would that help prevent the overcooking? Or are there other things I can do to keep them from drying out and falling apart too much.
thank you in advance for your opinion!