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Spare ribs were dry

post #1 of 5
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I did 2 slabs of spare ribs yesterday using the 3-2-1 process and followed it to the letter, ribs tasted fine and were fall-off-the-bone tender but were dry,any anyone have any thoughts??
I have a brinkman 2 door square vertical gas smoker temp fluctuated some 215*F to 250*F but I corrected as soon as I noticed, I have a digital thermometer with 2 probes

post #2 of 5
even at 250 they should have been great - my only guess (and i could easily be wrong) is that they were done early and were simply on too long.

another possibility is that the temps might have been a little too low if below 225 for too long. when temps get down there like that, you're not really cooking ribs anymore; you're making jerky.

two suggestions, but i can't say for sure - my only advice is to try again! persistence leads to success and, in BBQ, even the failures are pretty darn good, usually!
post #3 of 5
The only time I have ever dried out my ribs (I never foil) is when I overcooked them. Maybe that was the case, it happens. Still better than no ribs I beticon_lol.gif
post #4 of 5
The worst ribs I ever made since I started smoking, were still miles ahead of anything I ever destroyed on my old gas grill.

Core cycle.... It's tough to say, but I'm leaning towards over-cooked.
post #5 of 5
Were those ribs bought "fresh" or frozen? If they were frozen, they'll lose some moisture in the thawing process, which might be a contributing factor to the dry condition after you smoked em.
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