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Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by mrrichardmes, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. mrrichardmes

    mrrichardmes Newbie

    Hi all, this is my first subscription to a forum of any kind. I've been smoking for about three years, and I have a horizontal and a vertical charcoal smoker (chargriller and Brinkman) and an brand new electric (masterbuilt).
    I mostly smoke pork (ribs and an occasional shoulder), but have experimented with beef and chicken.
    I live in AZ (scottsdale), and am a chemist by trade.
    Although I've been smoking a whike, I still consider myself a self taught novice. Therefore, if you've got any advice, I'm all ears!
    I guess one question I have right off is what is this numeric code I see mentioned in the posts: 2-2-1, 3-1-1, etc? I gather it has something to do with covering the meat?
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome!

    2-2-1 and 3-2-1 are a method for cooking ribs.  

    Example

    Baby backs are smoked 2 hours on the grate.  Then covered in foil and back on the grate for 2 more hours. Lastly, removed from the foil and back on the grate for 1 more hour.  2-2-1

    The 3-2-1 method is used for larger St Louis and spare ribs.

    Did I say welcome?

    b  
     
  3. mrrichardmes

    mrrichardmes Newbie

    Hey thanks for the info!
    Just finished the maiden smoke on the MES...
    Half rack baby back, apple chips, 250F set with two verifying thermos and a meat thermometer.
    Got meat to 150, climbed to 180 over 4.5h with a couple of additions of chips. Mopped and lowered temp to 225F for final 0.5h... no tenting at all - I'm used to charcoal still :)
    Family approves and so simple!
    Didn't have perfect fall off bone, and no smoke ring (which I understand is common to electrics), but good all around effort.
    Anyone suggest any improvements to my protocol to get better fall off bone? Or otherwise improvements?
     
  4. [​IMG]   Good morning and welcome to the forum, from a nice but chilly day in East Texas, and the best site on the web. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.

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