Foiling ribs.

Discussion in 'Pork' started by superfan, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. superfan

    superfan Newbie

    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?
  2. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You can use any liquid, maybe 1/4 cup will braise them.
  3. mr mac

    mr mac Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    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.
  4. davidmcg

    davidmcg Meat Mopper

    I spray the ribs and also pour a little into the foil.
  5. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    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...
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    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.
  7. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    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. [​IMG]
  8. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i just foil them.......nothing added.
  9. iadubber

    iadubber Meat Mopper

    I usually do a 1/4c of apple juice or Coke and drizzle a little honey on top. Haven't noticed a difference.
  10. warthog

    warthog Smoking Fanatic

    I just spray em with apple juice. Works great.
  11. rp ribking

    rp ribking Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I do not foil my ribs, brisket or butts with excellent results. I do spray apple juice mixed with apple cider vinegar occasionally.
  12. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    +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).
  13. superfan

    superfan Newbie

    Thanks for the help guys!

    I just wanted to foil some ribs for people who like it tender/ overcooked[​IMG]

    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.
  14. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    lmfao...... [​IMG]
  15. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I am going to start a poll as you suggested. I would also like to see some results. Good idea.
  16. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    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.
  17. mistabob

    mistabob Meat Mopper

    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.
  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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