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No foil ribs on the Rec Tec mini...never going back!

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First time I have done ribs without foiling, no spray, nothing. I didn't even open the lid for 4.5-5 hours. Needless to say...this is the only way to go for me from now on. 225 the whole way, 250-275 to finish around the 5.5 hour mark, brushed with BBQ 30 min before taking off the smoker. Also left the membrane on. The moistest most flavorful tender ribs ever!
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Nice job....I didn't know Rec Tec had a mini. I heavily considered a Rec Tec before deciding on the Char Griller pellet pusher due to it's being about half the price and I could pick it up locally at a Lowes here in the PNW. Chicken wings, just dusted after a few hours of brine, are awesome in it and ribs, as you mentioned, about perfect every time with no fuss. Try a pork loin in it.....I just marinate in some Yoshidas for a few hours and serve with fried rice....delicious meal......Willie

post #4 of 19

Nice job on the ribs!

 

They look absolutely delicious!!

 

Al

post #5 of 19

Those ribs look fantastic! I quit foiling ribs a while back....After getting the timing down I wondered why anyone would bother. With very little effort you can have ribs just as tender and juicy (fall off the bone if you like too) as anything that comes out of a foil pouch. 

 

Foil is for the resting

post #6 of 19
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Keep it simple. These were rubbed with killer hogs "the bbq rub" and brushed with famous Dave's sweet and zesty sauce the last half hour. I'm not sure how you would improve on them. I used to spray every 45 min, foil, etc. and never come out as good as this.
post #7 of 19

Great looking ribs!

 

Disco

post #8 of 19
They look awesome! Great job, points for delicious qview!
post #9 of 19

I haven't foiled in a while now.  Nice job!  points1.png

 

Mike

post #10 of 19

i don't normally foil, I have gotten were I do on occassion but I find it makes me lazy. If I ride it out I am watching and checking my ribs. 

 

Oppps. I forgot to compliment those ribs, those are first place  :first: in my book!

post #11 of 19

NW88, Great looking ribs!

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Wow, sweet looking Q. Very nice.

 

I recently started incorporating wrapping into my smoking. But the catch is I use butcher paper and I only do it late in the smoke well after good bark has formed. For ribs, I only wrap for 30 to 45 minutes at the max. 

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:yahoo:Man do they look great i never wrap either have not tried Al's way yet but I can see it coming to me pulling the membrane is a pain.  points1.png

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Thanks all!

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Edited by nwolfe88 - 5/3/16 at 1:54pm
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:yahoo:Man do they look great i never wrap either have not tried Al's way yet but I can see it coming to me pulling the membrane is a pain.  points1.png

 

 

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Originally Posted by tbrtt1 View Post
 

Wow, sweet looking Q. Very nice.

 

I recently started incorporating wrapping into my smoking. But the catch is I use butcher paper and I only do it late in the smoke well after good bark has formed. For ribs, I only wrap for 30 to 45 minutes at the max. 

 

 

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NW88, Great looking ribs!

 

 

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Originally Posted by Foamheart View Post
 

i don't normally foil, I have gotten were I do on occassion but I find it makes me lazy. If I ride it out I am watching and checking my ribs. 

 

Oppps. I forgot to compliment those ribs, those are first place  :first: in my book!

 

 

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I haven't foiled in a while now.  Nice job!  points1.png

 

Mike

 

 

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They look awesome! Great job, points for delicious qview!

 

 

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Great looking ribs!

 

Disco

 

I actually did some more this past weekend and they weren't as tender. Pretty frustrating! The only things I can think of:

 

I rubbed the ones pictured above about 15 minutes before putting on the smoker. I rubbed my latest ones two days beforehand. I think the salt in the rub may have pulled some moisture out of the meat, and I also maybe used too much which resulted in a very thick and not-so-tender bark. I also may have left the sauce on the ribs (on the smoker) too long (about 30 minutes) this last time, and for the ones pictured above, it was about 15 minutes.

 

Am I on to something with my concerns? Besides the above, everything was the same as far as I remember.

post #17 of 19

Don't beat yourself up over not-so-tender ribs......some racks are just more tender than others.....One thing I like to do when I purchase ribs if they aren't frozen is to check to see how "floppy" they are. I buy the floppiest racks they have. 

post #18 of 19

nwolf88 thanks for the point it is greatly appreciated. Look up smokingal's ribs I don't think he foils but I like his not pulling the membrane.

 

Warren

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I actually did some more this past weekend and they weren't as tender. Pretty frustrating! The only things I can think of:

I rubbed the ones pictured above about 15 minutes before putting on the smoker. I rubbed my latest ones two days beforehand. I think the salt in the rub may have pulled some moisture out of the meat, and I also maybe used too much which resulted in a very thick and not-so-tender bark. I also may have left the sauce on the ribs (on the smoker) too long (about 30 minutes) this last time, and for the ones pictured above, it was about 15 minutes.

Am I on to something with my concerns? Besides the above, everything was the same as far as I remember.
The salty rub two days out may have messed with your results. I did that before and ruined tri tip. I've moved to the dry rub right before smoking camp. Other than that it may have been the meat, but the sauce shouldn't have made a difference
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