Ever have it happen to you when the weather is perfect?
Breeze slight, 90* outside and you decide to smoke some ribs. BUT....... They didn't cook right! for you?
A few days ago, I had just that, happen.
Ribs in smoker, slight breeze, 90* outside.
using sfb Char-Griller with mods. and Maverick ET-732
Pre-heated smoker to 265* before opening door and adding ribs Temp dropped to 245* and then to 235*, during the 1st the first hour.
Dropped to 220* by third hour. Never had to open lid, or firebox. (Easiest smoke ever, I told my wife.) HA!
Foiled at 3 hours, bumped temp up to 225*- 230* for two hours.
Removed from foil and placed back on smoker @ 225* for 6th hour.
At end of 6th hour, still nopull back and bend/toothpick test was not great at all. Left on for another 1/2 hours while coals burned down to 205*.
Tried a bit and way too stiff yet. Foiled and put in 250* oven for 1 1/2 hours. Still not tender! Better but not tender.
Now here is the weird part.
The next day I smoked the rib trimmings.
Very breezy ( 12-18 mph), 89* outside temp
Hard time keeping temp above 210* . Turned smoker intake into, and 90* from wind, as well as away from it. Stayed the same.
Used 5 times as much lump as day before, seemed like I had to add lit coals way too often, and still couldn't keep it above 225*
Pulled at 3 1/2 hours and foiled and finished in 250* oven for 2 1/2 hours. Except for setting bark or sauce, they turned out perfect!
So..... what gives? Any ideas?
I don't have pics of ribletts, but here are the ribs. at foiling time.
Finished ribs before oven foiling again for a couple more hours, before becoming tender with still some bite to them.
Smoke penetration throughout.
You can see they aren't dry. Just not tender enough. and no pull back until after 2 or more hours in oven foil. Even then, the pull back was very little.