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Baby back ribs tough and rubbery

post #1 of 15
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So after having success with other items I did my first attempt at smoking ribs. I smoked 4 racks of baby back ribs using the 2-2-1 method at about 225 degrees. The flavor was wonderful but the ribs were tough and rubbery. Any suggestions? Do I need to go longer in the foil?
post #2 of 15

How did they feel coming out of the foil? were they very tender then? If not yes more time. Also have you checked your smoker temperature?

Happy smoken.

David

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
David I couldn't really tell how tender they were coming out of the foil. I was monitoring the temperature using my smoker's thermometer and it was staying close to 225.
post #4 of 15

What smoker are you using? Me thinks cook them longer.

post #5 of 15

Smokers built in thermometers are notorious for not being accurate.  I assume you pulled the silver skin off the ribs.  Had the meat pulled back from the bones about 1 inch"?  If not, I believe they needed a longer cook. 

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'm using a 30" Masterbuilt propane smoker. I will get a better thermometer for next time.
post #7 of 15
Try a maverick dual probe therm. A great tool to have and very accurate. Have a feeling you needed more time in the cooker. Masterbuilt, and most other dial therms are pretty unreliable. Were u smoking bb's or st louis ribs?
post #8 of 15

+1 for the maverick

post #9 of 15
I have a Masterbuilt smoker as well, learned rather quickly the thermometer is unreliable. I have a dual digital thermometer and always hang one probe in the center of my smoker for more accurate temp.
post #10 of 15
Also with that many racks, 2 hrs isn't near long enouh in foil, I experienced the same results a few yrs back.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by 00squirrel View Post

So after having success with other items I did my first attempt at smoking ribs. I smoked 4 racks of baby back ribs using the 2-2-1 method at about 225 degrees. The flavor was wonderful but the ribs were tough and rubbery. Any suggestions? Do I need to go longer in the foil?


Like others have said I think you were probably smoking at a much lower temp than you thought. Do a search for bend test and pullback. 

post #12 of 15

Tough and rubbery, not cooked long enough. Post picture next time

post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by aschmiesing View Post

Also with that many racks, 2 hrs isn't near long enouh in foil, I experienced the same results a few yrs back.
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Originally Posted by aschmiesing View Post

Also with that many racks, 2 hrs isn't near long enouh in foil, I experienced the same results a few yrs back.

Total cook time is what counts. Lots of folks get great ribs without foiling at all.
post #14 of 15
I agree with geerock about not foiling. I used to think that foiling was the only way to go for ribs. Don't get me wrong, it can and does produce great results. But I took some advice from other members on here when I was having the same problem you are. I didn't foil. Just used the bend and toothpick test. My baby backs came out moist and tender but had the best texture ever!
post #15 of 15

From my experience, running my Chargriller at 250 and using the 2-45min-30min time frame my babybacks turn out near perfect. As others have said, they may need more cook time.

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