• Some of the links on this forum allow SMF, at no cost to you, to earn a small commission when you click through and make a purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about this.

221 Back Ribs a little tough

wayoung

Fire Starter
67
12
Joined Mar 11, 2016
Hey,

I'm pretty hit and miss with ribs. I don't do them a lot because of this. The first time I tried theu were superbky flavoured rubber. The second time they were excellent but this weekend I did them again and, while not rubber, they were tougher than I would like.

I used back ribs, dry rub for 24 hours before cooking, theb 221 with my amaze for the initial 2. Apple juice squirted on them and on the botrom of the foil for the second two, then the juices in the foil plus some apple juice for the final one. All at 225.

Any suggestions to improve the results? Looking for more tender.
 

b-one

Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
8,869
1,474
Joined Aug 31, 2014
Sounds easy cook them longer. Toothpick test toothpick should slide in easy. The bend test works great as well pick the rack up about from one end about one third of the rack and the rack should bend down and meat should start to pull apart. There's Al's method he goes by temp and I'm sure he will be along shortly to give the correct info on that.
 

SmokinAl

SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster
Staff member
Moderator
OTBS Member
★ Lifetime Premier ★
44,588
6,273
Joined Jun 22, 2009
I and quite a few other guys smoke ribs to temp now instead of time.

You need a good instant read therm, such as a thermapen.

195 is tender & juicy.

200 is fall off the bone.

Check out PERFECT RIBS in my signature for the complete method that I use.

Al
 

joe black

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
4,536
335
Joined Jan 25, 2015
I prefer to smoke my ribs naked and at 250-275*. They are usually at a good bend in about 3 hours. Then I sauce/glaze them twice for 15 minutes each time.
 

wayoung

Fire Starter
67
12
Joined Mar 11, 2016
I tried naked once and ended up with rubber.
 
Last edited:

wayoung

Fire Starter
67
12
Joined Mar 11, 2016
Sounds easy cook them longer. Toothpick test toothpick should slide in easy. The bend test works great as well pick the rack up about from one end about one third of the rack and the rack should bend down and meat should start to pull apart. There's Al's method he goes by temp and I'm sure he will be along shortly to give the correct info on that.
Which stage should I cook it longer in, the foiled? I don't want to dry the meat out by cooking longer.
 

dirtsailor2003

Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
21,606
3,322
Joined Oct 4, 2012
I'm like Joe, I go with the no foil method also. If you're getting rubbery ribs it sounds like you aren't cooking them long enough. I positive that the therm you are measuring pit temp with is accurate? If it's a stock therm they are quite often not accurate. If you are at 5 hours cook time with the 2-2-1 method and your pit is at 225° then you should be very close to done. I prefer to use the bend test to test for doneness.

The 2-2-1 method is just an approximate timing tool. You may want to try 2-2.5-.5, or 2.5-2-.5

Or go naked and schwenk them. These were done in less than 2 hours!

 

joe black

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
4,536
335
Joined Jan 25, 2015
I don't mean to high jack this thread, but those really look good, Case. I bet that open fire flavor was awesome. I haven't cooked anything on an open fire in a very long time. Thanks for the pic.

Sorry again for the high jack, Joe.
 

martyj

Fire Starter
42
11
Joined May 25, 2016
I've run into this same problem with the 2-2-1. My wife likes them fall off the bone. I cook mine at 225 smoker temp, cook them for 2 hours unwrapped, then wrap them for the 3 hours in the smoker. I pull them off, throw them on the grill, and sauce them on the grill. They usually have a great bend to them and they aren't quite falling apart. Hope this helps
 
6
10
Joined Sep 19, 2016
Sounds easy cook them longer. 
I would agree this sounds like the issue. Time guidelines like the 2-2-1 method are just that...guidelines. Nothing will ever trump your own feel with the particular piece of meat you're cooking. Some ribs might be done in four hours, some might take six. Meat is crazy. On the ribs, you're looking for a nice pliable, loose feel. Toothpick test is also a good way to feel it out. 
 

Hot Threads

Top Bottom
  AdBlock Detected

We noticed that you're using an ad-blocker, which could block some critical website features. For the best possible site experience please take a moment to disable your AdBlocker.