Simple PBC fix to stop fear of falling

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by worktogthr, May 30, 2015.

  1. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    So every time I make ribs on the PBC I sauce and finish them in the oven because of my fear of them falling in the coals if my attention wonders to other things or its running a little hotter than normal. It has happened before. So I was thinking while cleaning up from last nights cook, would this simple solution quell my fear of falling:

    Just took the grate and flipped it upside down over the coal basket. Pushed down on the grate a little and it stays in place over the charcoal basket handle. Now I understand that if meat fell that close to be coals it could get charred pretty bad, but at least it won't be swimming in spent charcoal ash. Might make it a little more salvageable if they indeed fall.

    What do you all think? It doesn't seem like the airflow to the coals would be restricted.
  2. Hi Worktogethr,

    Just a thought: After about 2- 2.5 hours hanging, you could put the cooking grate on and then lay out the ribs on them so they can finish their cook. this way you can let them continue to take on smoke and let all that fat drip down on the coals

    Else you could try wrapping the ribs in foil and dousing them in honey and bbq sauce before laying them out on the grate.

    how long does it take you to smoke ribs in a pbc? i smoke on a wsm but been wanting to get a pbc.

    that hanging meat method looks awesome
  3. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I have used the grate on occasion but in many cases I am doing 3 or more racks of ribs or multiple meats when I fire up the PBC.  So the grate doesn't have enough room to put more than 2-3 racks of ribs on it.  Lately I have been foiling my ribs so i just do that in the oven or indirect on one of my grills if its more than 2 racks. I could probably invest in a rib rack so I can keep them on the PBC the whole time.    I'd say that ribs on the PBC take anywhere from 3-4 hours depending on how hot your coals are going when you start the cook as well as the size and thickness of the ribs.   I really love it so far. The taste that you get from the fat dripping down on the coals like you mentioned, is so different from all other cookers.  I'd love to get a WSM myself just because I love playing with grills and smokers.  I did read somewhere that you can get some kind of attachment that would allow you to use the WSM just like a PBC.
  4. I was just watching a video on smoking ribs on a PBC - wow can they fit a lot of racks in when theyre hanging. To your point, i see why you cant use the grate.

    Something about cooking in a barrel just looks so cool.

    another thought - you might end up "using up" your cooking grate a bit faster by keeping it so close to the coals. By use up i mean burn off the nickel plating (if it is nickel plated). but that is probably a minor thing. replacement grates are easy to come by.

    i actually ordered that hanging rack system for the WSM and it is shipping to me via sea. should get it in a couple months. pretty stoked to try it out.
  5. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yeah, I thought about that set up perhaps damaging the grate but the way I see it, when I cook on my weber kettle the coals are very close to that grate and its held up fine.  Like you said, a replacement grate is pretty cheap and easy to come by.  The hanging definitely ups the capacity.  One cook, I hung 3 racks of ribs, 2 tri tips, and 3 half racks of beef ribs.   I agree, there is something really cool about hanging the meat over and open fire.  I'm interested to hear about the hook system for the weber because my buddy has a WSM and I think he would like the idea of increasing the capacity.

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