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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I was just wondering what the foil does to the ribs?the reason is I have a cousin who has a 5 yr old elcheapo that he loves.anyway when he cooks ribs he just dumps a bag of coal,little wood and lets it burn down some and then puts in the ribs,he turns down the vents(both)lets them cook bout 3hrs,flips them and they cook another 2 or so,then the last hour he slaps on the que in 30 min cycles.the ribs come out tender and VERY tasty!!the reason i got a smoker!alot of info for a short question huh?lol
post #2 of 12
The idea behind foiling them is they will braise in juice and make them more tender
post #3 of 12
Yup, like piney said, makes em tender, read up a bit on the 3-2-1 method an it will explain it a bit more fer ya. Now, 3-2-1 is a guideline, yall need ta play with it some till them ribs come out ta yer likin.

When ya get the hang of it ya can make ribs as good or better then these:
post #4 of 12
What they all said. Braising is the key.
post #5 of 12
foil is good for an hour what ^ said
post #6 of 12
Give the foiling a shot since you've never tried it. Some don't and like it that way. If you do a 3-2-1 method and leave them in the foil for the full "2" the meat will literally fall off the bone. Some prefer to not foil at all or just do it for a half hour, hour, etc (you'll have to play until you find what you like) to get the desired amount of tenderness. Careful though, too long in foil and they can get mushy.

Good luck. Let us know what you decide to do.
post #7 of 12
I've modified the 3-2-1 to go 3.5-1.5-0.5 & they turn out great. After foiling, I leave them on the smoke just enough to harden the bark back up. The pullback on the ribs is unbelievable, as well as the smoke ring.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
cool,thanks everyone.This site is THE BEST on the web...IMO
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
oh,also the reason i ask this was becaus his ribs are so tender that you cant cut them,they just pull out of the meat!!mmmmmgoodbiggrin.gif
post #10 of 12
The foil is to let the ribs finish cooking and you add alittle of the juice into the foil for about 30 to 45 minutes and they will be very very good. TRust us
post #11 of 12

I say give it a shot. Won't make em inedible. You might like it.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
yup im gonna try em like that.Will start bout noonish.will send some Qviews when im done!Most all you guys are pros so it has to be good!
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