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Advice for a larger cook

Discussion in 'Pork' started by AmazonDon703, Mar 15, 2019 at 11:53 AM.

  1. Ok folks, so tomorrow I'm smoking 6 racks of spare ribs on my offset Pecos smoker. I'm probably going to use a rib rack so they can all fit on there simultaneously. First time smoking that many racks of ribs at once, just wondering if anybody had any advice.
     
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Only difference from One Rack is the recovery time will be a little long from adding all the cold meat. In your case, an Offset, you may not even notice a difference. Follow your usual Award Winning Rib procedure and blow them away...JJ
     
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  3. indaswamp

    indaswamp Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The ribs will take longer to cook if you stack them close in a rib rack. Best to spread them out if you can...if you can't, then you need to rotate the ribs in the rack 3~4 times during the cook so the outside rack is not fall apart tender while the inside racks are not done.
     
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  4. Holly2015

    Holly2015 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I have a rib rack used it once or twice and tossed it. If cooking more ribs than fit in a single flat layer I stack them on another rack. 3/8th all thread rod nuts and washers make multiple layers easy to do.
     
  5. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    ...or you can roll them in a circle and use a kabob skewer to hold the two ends together. This will give you access to the rib meat for spritzing or basting that you lose when using a rib-rack. That is if you spritz or baste.

    Chris
     
  6. jbellard

    jbellard Smoking Fanatic

    Amazon,
    Will 6 racks not all fit??? Thought was a pretty good sized smoker? No matter I would say move them around if you have to use rib rack.
    I do mine at 250-275 for 5.5 hrs. Dry rub only and when they are done they will slightly bend and the skin will crack a bit on the top. Take them out at that point. Otherwise they will get overdone.
     
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  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow, I smoked 8 Racks or St Louis Ribs in 2 Racks, in my MES for a neighbors July 4th Picnic. I had none of the issues described above although I did Foil them and they went back in the Racks...JJ
     
  8. Thanks fellas, another question. How long can you marinate ribs using a dry rub?
     
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Several minutes to a couple of days. Rubs containing Salt create a Dry Brine. The salt initially Draws moisture out of the meat, combines with salt and goes back in, flavoring and tenderizing the Ribs. Water soluble flavors in the other Rub ingredients penetrate a bit too. This don't happen in twenty minutes. You need to give the ribs time for the process to happen. Overnight is good but if you are organized you can Rub and rest them 2-3 days before smoking...JJ
     
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  10. Does it do anything negative to the texture of the meat? I'm thinking if doing an overnight dry rub.
     
  11. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Not usually. There typically is not that much salt in a Rub. Some Brines and Cure recipes contain far more Salt and they dont effect the meat texture over 14 days of curing...JJ