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meat~smoker in n.j.

Meat Mopper
Joined Jan 1, 2007
hey guys, i`m new here , got my new smoker goin with 3-slabs of ribs on sunday !!! i did a rub with paprika, meat tenderizer & mesquite mix rub ,, i used mesquite & oak wood mix ...kept it @ 200- 230 degrees for 6-hrs it was pretty good a little bit well done it got better the next day...i warmed it up some in the toaster oven & had a brown ale that i made to go with it !! o by the way my brown is 7.5%alc.. the flavor blended real well ....
any tips on how to keep it from getting well done ??


Meat Mopper
OTBS Member
Joined Apr 19, 2006
Everything sounds ok. Were they spare ribs or baby backs? If they were baby backs you might have cooked them a little long. Spare ribs I can cook in 5 hours, baby backs a little less.

A lot of guys will wrap their ribs in aluminum foil after 3 hours and let them cook for 2 hours like that. It traps the moisture in and makes the meat very juicy. The last hour you take them back out of the foil and cook them "naked". That last hour would be when you wanted to add a glaze or sauce if you are using one. This is called the 3-2-1 method for cooking ribs. 3 hours naked - 2 hours foiled - 1 hour naked.


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Dec 19, 2005
Once you wrap them add some apple juice in there with the ribs too.

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