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Baby Back Ribs this AM

post #1 of 11
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Okay I am off and running! Here are some starting pictures. I am wondering a couple of things, though.

This is my first time using my ET-73 RediChek Thermometer. I was wondering if it is normal to have such wide swings with the temps (i.e. 10 to 12 degree swings). I am using the BBQ Grillware vertical smoker and have noticed a huge discrepancy between the ET-73 and the thermometer on the front of the smoker (about 50 degrees) Wow! That seems peculiar to me. I will say however, I was planning on using the 2-2-1 method but after the 2nd hour the meat had only just begun to pull back so I let it cook another hour for a total of 3. Could this be because the meat is thicker or something? I have had them on for an hour now in the aluminum foil so I am expecting to take them out of the foil at 10:30 this morning. What should I look for? The temp of the meat right now is 191 degrees. Sounds it tick high but all of you are the experts. So you tell me.

Thanks for looking and the information.
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post #2 of 11
Sounds like some tailgatin grub is in the works if you're pulling it out at 10:30am. I'll just say that I did the baby backs last Sunday at 225-250 and followed the 2-2-1 to the letter and had unbelievable results. (it was my 1st attempt at baby backs). The meat did BEGIN to pull back from the bone JUST A BIT after the 1st 2 hours. But me, not know any better, just went with the 2-2-1, as layed out by the smoke gods, and was rewarded with success. I'm doin em again tomorrow. Good Luck!
post #3 of 11
Sorry. Forgot to mention that I didn't use my ET-7. I jst went with my thermo readings from the side of the grill. Nice pix.
post #4 of 11
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Thanks! This smoke is actually two fold. I am cooking 1 1/2 racks for a friend of mine who just added their third boy this week. The other reason is, well, for lunch today for my family wink.gif . I suppose you could say it is sorta like tailgating grub as my Dawgs play at six this evening. It is my guess, however, there will not be a stitch left by 6:00 tonight. PDT_Armataz_01_14.gif

Man, I love the smell of Hickory on a cool morning!
post #5 of 11
gadawgsr1 I just bought the same smoker you have and i'm doing my first ribs as we speak. I had about the same difference on my thermometers. The one on the unit showed 225 and the one inside showed 280. Not sure which one is true so i split the difference. Hope it worked.
post #6 of 11
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Fastalkintn,

I actually did the boiling watera test with my ET-73 tonight. Much to my suprise, the ET-73 was dead on. The second it hit 212 the water began boiling. I will default to the ET-73 from now on. The smoker thermometer will be there for looks from now on...

I hope your ribs turned out as good as you'd hoped. Mine were pretty good. They were tender but a tad dry for my liking.
post #7 of 11
My ribs turned out really good, for my first try but they can stand to get better. Did you try the water test on the one on the smoker? Im going to do mine in the am just wondering if you did what is showed.
post #8 of 11
Looking real good from here. Did the meat get mushy during the time they were in the foil??
post #9 of 11
Can you guys calabrate the themometer on the smokers? Some can some can't. I take mine out any time I see a difference happening I can't fix by cleaning. Sometimes I just need to take a greeny pad to the probe that sticks out - it gets covered in burnt on grease and that throws it off some.
post #10 of 11
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I thought about it but didn't take the opportunity to take it off the smoker. I will have to do that this week sometime.

dbeast420 Looking real good from here. Did the meat get mushy during the time they were in the foil??

The meat didn't get as mushy as I thought it would. I will be trying them again. I WILL get it right! PDT_Armataz_01_17.gif
DeeJayDebi Can you guys calabrate the themometer on the smokers? Some can some can't. I take mine out any time I see a difference happening I can't fix by cleaning. Sometimes I just need to take a greeny pad to the probe that sticks out - it gets covered in burnt on grease and that throws it off some.

I don't think there is a way to calabrate the thermometer on this smoker.
post #11 of 11
I just did the water test on my smoker mounted themometer and it read 210. I did my other ones and they also show 210-215 but while there on/in the smoker there is a diff of 20-30 between them what do you think is the prob?
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