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Poll Results: Do you foil your ribs and butts or not?

  • 53% (157)
    I foil both my ribs and my butts.
  • 17% (52)
    I foil by ribs but not my butts.
  • 10% (30)
    I foil my butts but not my ribs.
  • 18% (56)
    I don't foil my ribs or my butts.
295 Total Votes  
post #41 of 64
I don't know how you held back!!! freshly done ribs, smelling them for 6 hrs, all cut up into almost plate size portions... I'll take um!!!
post #42 of 64
I like to foil my butt, but my wife thinks I look silly with foil on my butt...!

I do foil both...
post #43 of 64
I don't smoke either while on the smoker. I do wrap in foil before putting in the cooler though. Then I prefer my butts to sit in the cooler for at least a couple of hours. Ribs need ti sit for at least 1/2 hour.
post #44 of 64
I always foil my ribs using the above listed methods, but have not tried foiling a butt yet... I get lots of compliments on mine, so I'm not ready to change it up. icon_mrgreen.gif
post #45 of 64
based on reading the threads on SMF this poll is going pretty much how I figured with alot of folks foiling.

whatever works.
post #46 of 64
I foil my butts but normally not my ribs. I have foiled my ribs a couple of times when I was trying to meet a deadline, but I don't like to do that.
post #47 of 64
I dont foil ribs at all and only foil my Butts after I take them out of the smoker to rest them in a cooler before cooling
I have foiled Ribs in the past but much prefer a no foil lower temp longer smoke.
post #48 of 64
Generally foil my ribs, rarely foil my butts. Started out not foiling anything and gradually moved over to it on ribs.
post #49 of 64
i foil both. didnt at first, but now i do.
post #50 of 64
I foil my ribs. My family likes 'em better that way.
post #51 of 64
I foil everything but poultry (gotta have that crispy skin). I didn't always. It isn't essential, but it sure helps in the moisture department. It can really hurt your bark if you do it too early, though.
post #52 of 64
after this past weekends smoke I now foil my butts. the way that thing tasted after it slow cooked in the smoker in its own juices was phenomenol. but only for about the last two hours
post #53 of 64
I foil both. 3-2-1 on the ribs and foil on the butts during the rest period in the cooler wrapped in towels. Both work out great, especially since my fam likes them all to fall off the bone! Gotta please them!
post #54 of 64
I foil both as well, but I have smoked a butt with no foil, stall was much longer didnt notice much difference in texture although the bark was a little bit more pronounced on the nonfoil one. Ribs all I have ever done is foil them 3-2-1 or 2-2-1, might have to try without now though and see the difference. Taste tests are always good!!!icon_wink.gif
post #55 of 64


I foil my ribs. I tend to smoke open for 3 hours @ 215 and then for 2 1/2 to 3 hours foiled @ 225, then one hour with foil off and sauced around 190-200.

I open smoke my butts and briskets for 7 hours @ 225, and then transfer into stainless steel pans and cover tightly with foil. We have a restaurant, so when we smoke pulled pork, we want all of the sandwiches to be moist, and foiling is the only way that I have found to acheive that. when we txfr the briskets, I tend to add about a cup to cup and a half of water as the beef is a lot leaner than the pork, and we have ample rub to be able to add water instead of a stock.
post #56 of 64
I used to foil all my butts but the last 3 I have not. I love the bark and flavor I get without the foil but it does seem to be a little dry, taste great right out of the smoker but the re-heats over the next few days it seem to be too dry. The ones I foiled were nice and moist for days but I dont think had as good a smoke flavor and did not have the bark and was a little too greasy. When I foiled I would do it at 150 or so. I think the next one I'll take up to 180 or so and then foil and see how it turns out.
post #57 of 64
Only foil I use is in the resting period in the cooler.
post #58 of 64
I'm a foil man. Need a discount at Sam'sicon_wink.gif. Foil my butts @160-165. After I get my new reverse flow rig I'm going to take one to 190 and then foil and put in a cooler to compare.
post #59 of 64
Don't foil either one, like the bark, no complaints so far.

post #60 of 64
I foil my ribs in a SS turkey pan with apple cider. They rule.
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