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Foiling ribs.

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
When you do the 3-2-1 or 2-2-1 method and going to foil the ribs do you put apple juice at the bottom of the foil to create a boiling effect? If so how much do you use? Do you just spray apple juice on them and thats enough?
post #2 of 18
You can use any liquid, maybe 1/4 cup will braise them.
post #3 of 18
I like to use a combo of apple juice and bourbon (same as my spritz) and a 1/4 cup or so is just fine.
post #4 of 18
I spray the ribs and also pour a little into the foil.
post #5 of 18

CORRECT, I have used watered down BBQ sauce, apple juice, BEER, Coke, and a number of other items I'm sure.... Like Mr. Mac said, probably what ever you decided to Spritz with...
post #6 of 18
I use to put apple juice or what eve I was spritzing them with but after watching BBQ Pit Masters and watching how Johnny Trigg does his I don't put any liquid in mine at all any more. I just add brown sugar, butter and honey. When you pull them out of the foil there will be all kinds of liquid in the bottom. So the mixutre of thos ingredients will make all the liquid you need to help make your ribs tender. I love them that way now but my wife doesn't how ever. She doesn't like the sweetness of the brown sugar and honey so I usually just put some apple juice in for her batch.
post #7 of 18
One other thing Superfan, you need to realize that the 3-2-1 and the 2-2-1 methods are not BIBLE but more or less guidlines. Your ribs will very according to your smoker, the amount of moisture in your smoker, your temp average, etc.
You need to find the right 'times' that are good for you and will produce YOUR best product. Hell, that might be 4 -1-.30 or something like that...

Just an FYI for you since your new. PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #8 of 18
i just foil them.......nothing added.
post #9 of 18
I usually do a 1/4c of apple juice or Coke and drizzle a little honey on top. Haven't noticed a difference.
post #10 of 18
I just spray em with apple juice. Works great.
post #11 of 18
I do not foil my ribs, brisket or butts with excellent results. I do spray apple juice mixed with apple cider vinegar occasionally.
post #12 of 18
+1, no foil on the smoker for me (Ive tried foiling, and didnt like how ribs turned out(odd texture, and not enough "tug" to the meat for my tastes), ive never foiled a butt on the smoker)

It would be interesting(at least to me), to see a poll posted on SMF to see what percentage of folks are foilers(unless one has been done already).
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help guys!

I just wanted to foil some ribs for people who like it tender/ overcookedicon_mrgreen.gif

I just wasn't sure if I had to put a lot of liquid in the foil or no liquid or if there is a procedure to how much liquid should I use, should I just spray the ribs and allow them to drip..etc..

You guys are a big help and thanks for the advice.
post #14 of 18
lmfao...... PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #15 of 18
I am going to start a poll as you suggested. I would also like to see some results. Good idea.
post #16 of 18
I spirtz with apple juice and some cidar vinigar and I also add it to the foil before I foil my ribs. Now I do cut down the amount of time that I let the meat stay in the foil to about 1 1/2 hours. I do like alittle pull for the meat from the bone.
post #17 of 18
I've added all sorts of stuff just to experiment! Apple juice, orange juice, beer, bourbon, rum, spiced rum, apple cider vinegar, etc. Lately I've been putting in a bunch of Parkay and a thick coat of brown sugar when I foil. Makes it rich and sweet how the fam likes it.
post #18 of 18
I used to foil with apple juice and a little spiced rum, lately I have been putting some honey on the ribs and letting them sit in the foil for about 45 minutes and then off comes the foil and back on to the smoker for about another 45 minutes. My wife and I really love them like this. Inital time on the smoker is about 2-2.5 hours.
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