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45 racks of spare ribs for tomorrow

Discussion in 'Pork' started by va_connoisseur, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. Smokie and Smokettes,

    I have an issue. We are doing a cook out tomorrow for our cigar shop. The head chef decided he wanted to do 45 racks of spares on a 250 gallon drum grill. I have some serious reservations as he is telling me this can be accomplished in 2.5 hours.

    OK, help me out. I this possible? Should I use a simple(r) rub to assist with cooking? I'm just real nervous about this whole process.
  2. I personally don't know how you are going to get spares tender and ready to serve in 2.5 hours.  You may want to question your buddy.  I'm not saying it can't be done, but I think you have a right to be concerned.  Maybe he is going to par cook them and just finish them on the grill.
  3. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yeah.... I would agree with Smoke, if he is starting raw there is no way he can get them tender that fast. I wonder if he is planning on boiling them then finishing on the grill.... [​IMG]
  4. bob1961

    bob1961 Smoking Fanatic

    yeah spares go by the 3-2-1 method, 3 hours on open grill, 2 hours foiled and 1 hour on open grill or keep them foiled the last hour too your choice....B backs are 2-2-1 or what i did were 2.5 hours on grill and 2.5 hours foiled till 5 hours were up then rest them in foil for 45 minutes....i can't see spares being done from raw on just the grill.........bob

  5. Yeah, I feel the same way. I'm just seasoning them but I hate to have my name attached to something that is not up to par. If I had known he was going to take this route, I would have been out of town this weekend.

    Is there a rub or marinade I can use to at least salvage this train wreak? All my rubs have high sugar/molassas because I use the 3-2-1 or 2-2-1 technique and at such low temps, it does not burn. I have a feeling this grill is going to be over 400 degrees tomorrow. [​IMG]
  6. athabaskar

    athabaskar Smoking Fanatic

    Oh the humanity.... This is the worst thing I've ever witnessed.[​IMG]
  7. Definitely leave out the sugar/molasses. At the temps he's going to have to cook those, your sugar will burn.  I might go with a spicy rub, then a sweet sauce to serve on the side. 
  8. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I can't see this happening!

    There is no way that you're getting spares done right in 2.5 hrs
  9. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    Tell him you quit!!!!
  10. ask for more beer  [​IMG]   your going to need it
  11. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Thats the answer BEER you will need a bunch for all the folks that are going to try an eat the ribs. I used to do ribs on the charcoal grill and I quickly ran out of folks to eat them. They came out really burnt and not real tastey either. Ribs take time like everything else. You should just step back into the back ground and let the "Chef" have at it. But I might smoke a couple of racks at home and bring them along and then serve them to your friends and then compare the finished products.
  12. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Only way he can do ribs in 2.5 hrs is to par boil them . Really won't matter what rub you put on them as it will all come off in the water.

     i would talk to this fool and ask him to explain his cooking process . If he's going to boil there is no use wasting perfectly good rub.

      Or he is going to try to grill them at high heat and they won't be right. again there is no use wasting good rub . S & P and make a good sauce .
  13. bamaboy

    bamaboy Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I have a Friend who bakes his ribs in a pan covered in foil with some sort of fluid for a couple hrs and firms them up on the grill/they are always on the bland side.all you can taste is the sauce.
  14. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    It depends how he said it.

    If he said:

    "You can do ribs in 2.5 hours".~~~~~~~~~This can be done.

    But if he said:

    "You can do good ribs in 2.5 hours".~~~~~~~~~~~This can not be done.
  15. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Sounds like he's thinking grilling and not smoking, big difference. You can cook ribs in 2.5 over a open flame, but you can't rush a low and slow smoke job.
  16. You have to stop this monster. That is going to be a huge waste of good meat. Have the ribs already been purchased? Perhaps you could convince him to do chicken thighs.

  17. This my plan. I have 5 full racks cut down Saint Louis style and the WSM loaded in the back of the truck
  18. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Or---When that "Head Chef" isn't looking throw the 45 racks of ribs in a cooler to take home, and replace them with 30 pounds of hot dogs.
  19. bob1961

    bob1961 Smoking Fanatic

    let him do what he thinks will work even though you said it can't be done....just don't let him put your name to those ribs as his helper....if he is your boss where you work, well good luck....can you or do you have the means to smoke all those 45 racks....git him to let you do it then..........bob

  20. fourthwind

    fourthwind Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just goes to show how little the restaurant community actually knows about making GOOD ribs.  And people wonder why I wont order BBQ when we go out to eat...