First smoked ribs, first rub. Any advice?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by smoked alaskan, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. Hey Ya'll,

    Friday I'm lookin' to smoke my first rack of baby backs. Plan to rub 'em and basically follow the 3-2-1 but have never used a rub before. Is overnight in the fridge long enough after rubbing?  I want to fire 'em up around noon  be ready at dinner time.  As always, any help is greatly appreciated.

    Hey Dirtsailor - was researching this and saw your octodogs.  Awesome idea  [​IMG], gonna do that for my grand baby.
  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Overnight works.  I usually rub mine either overnight or right before going on the smoker.
  3. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    SA,right before the smoke works for me .Always have good flavor.
  4. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I usally rub before starting the smoker. I put the rub on heavy and have the sauce if any usally on the side. Not sure what wood your planning on using my faves are cherry/pecan or cherry/mesquite. I never foil my ribs either you may try one foiled one not see which you like better. Good luck, I'm sure they will turn out great almost any way you do them:).
  5. I rub my ribs with yellow mustard and cover with Jeff's Rub. I don't foil but that's just my texture preference. No you will not taste the mustard at all. I usually rub shortly before smoking. But you can do overnight and add a little extra rub on right before putting on pit.
  6. hutch82

    hutch82 Newbie

    I am watching this thread as well

    my wife just bought me a electric smoker as a surprise

    I must have done something right eh.  Anyways this Saturday we are having company and gonna try some ribs

    I found this forum and see there is alot of recipes alot are kinda the same seems like the 3-2-1 is the most popular.

    What temp do I keep them at?  DO you guys use a temp probe for the internal temp?  If so whats the temp or how can you tell when they are done?

    Thanks alot for the help for use new guys
  7. A lot of people use the bend test. Basically if you pick up the rack halfway up with tongs and they start to split, they're done (OldSchool has some great example pics).Thumbs Up You can use the search bar at top of page to look it up. I go by IT around 190-195. If your smoking around 225, 3-2-1 should be fine. If you're using higher temps you might want to reduce time. Again you can search this info in the search bar and you'll get an overwhelming amount of responses. Good Luck.Thumbs Up
  8. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I perfer the tooth pick tender method.

    Either one works

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