Is a Joint Spare Ribs & Chicken Halves Smoke too Agressive for 2nd Time Smoke?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by learnin2smoke, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. learnin2smoke

    learnin2smoke Fire Starter

    Hi Family:

    With Labor Day 2014 quickly approaching, my family has decided that they want both chicken and spare ribs, but I am wondering if this move would be too aggressive for someone just starting to get a grasp on everything that smoking entails. My first smoke was a few weeks ago and I only did chicken quarters, but they did come out very very good. I was thinking I would have to get the temps for the chicken up to at least 375 for a good smoke with crispy skin, but the ribs should be around 230 -240. If I get the side of my food chamber that is closest to the firebox u to 275-285 for the chicken, I am not sure there I have enough skill to get and keep the far side to around 240 for the ribs. Are there any tips or advice on how I can tackle this challenge without freaking out and ruining the meat with creosote or cooking the ribs at too high a temp?
  2. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Learnintosmoke, hello and welcome to our World. I really don't see any problem with having the 'hot spot' around 300*F . The other end ( I'm guessing is below that temp. You need a good Thermometer and a bit of time observing your Smoker .

    Watch the temp.and adjust the intake as needed , too low increase the fuel some , high , open the lid a crack until it lowers .

    Just DO NOT let the Chicken touch the Ribs until they are done . Chicken will be done at 165*F in thighs  and 170*F or so in the Breast.

    When the Ribs are done , they will bend and crack like this:

     Have fun and . . .
  3. grillmonkey

    grillmonkey Smoking Fanatic

    I agree with oldschoolbbq, you're going to have to be proactive and keep a close eye on everything.
  4. c farmer

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

    I agree with oldschool too.

    You can also crisp the skin with a torch or on a gas grill.

    275 -285 is also good for ribs.

    I cook mine at 275 all the time.
  5. Cook the Ribs and Chicken at the same temp.  You could run say 250F for both....then when chicken is done throw it on the grill to crisp the skin. 

  6. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    If you're doing 3-2-1 ribs when you foil the ribs put them in the oven, at that point they aren't gonna get any smoke anyway, then get you smoker to a higher temp and put the chicken in the smoker for the two hour phase (if they aren't to big and you spatchcock they'll take about two hours). Then for the last hour put the chicken in the oven, turned off but warm, and finish the ribs like you normally would.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2014
  7. seaham358

    seaham358 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Like welshrarebit says the chick should only take 2 to 2.5 hours so you could do as suggested and get good results or instead of oven a grill would work

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