On grate or rib rack in WSM?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by graphicsman, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. Doing some BBs for the first time next weekend.  Getting the three pack from Sams.  This will be an experiment to say the least.  Ive read people doing 2-2-1 for BBs so im going to to do that route.  From what i can tell BBs are alot more tender and spares have more flavor?  I was wondering what some of you use in your WSM for ribs.  Do you prefer a rib rack or straight on the grate?  I know straight on the grate will be easier to foil but rack will get more smoke.  Planning on using both grates so i will be smoking 6 racks total.  Will a rib rack even fit on the lower grate?
  2. not that I am any type of expert, but I went without the rib rack and absolutely loved the last two times I did ribs. The best I have ever smoked.
  3. rp ribking

    rp ribking Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    If your BBY's are thick then they probably will not fit in a rib rack. Which WSM do you have? Rib racks will fit in the bottom and on top in a 22.5". I do think BBY ribs have more flavor, butt if you smoke spares right then you cannot go wrong with either one. Good Luck!!!
  4. I have the 22" WSM. How many racks of BBs were you able to fit in your WSM?
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I use the Weber racks & You have to bend them a little to get BB's in. I also leave a space between the ribs,. so you could fit 3 racks in the Weber rack. Or 3 racks will easily fit on the grate, so 3 on top & 3 on the bottom. I'm kinda with chorizodahitman when he says he likes the ribs better when they are smoked in rib racks. The last ribs I did in racks were very good. Also when I foil them I use a foil pan with foil on top. You can stack them in the pan & it's a lot easier than foiling the individual racks.
  6. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I rarely disagree with Al.....buttttt, I prefer right on the grate. Used a rib rack breaking in the MasterForge gasser and it was a pain. Have also found I prefer a straight 5.5 or 6 with no foil on ribs, usually Costco ones, which are nice & meaty. Dealers choice though...you'll find what works best for you
  7. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I usually just toss them on the racks.... and like Willy I prefer the no foil method.
  8. I do them on the rack. I always use spares. I have done them with and without foil and I like them better with the foil. I do them meat down and get good smoke flavor.

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