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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


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


    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?

  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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