Baby back ribs vs. Boston Butt

Discussion in 'Pork' started by hoops10, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. hoops10

    hoops10 Fire Starter

    I successfully smoked my first Boston Butt a couple of weeks ago so now I'm attempting my first baby back ribs. I've be reading a lot about people using the 3-2-1 method so I'm thinking I will follow it, unless anyone suggests a different way. My question is I don't see anyone using the Maverick thermometer with baby back ribs, is internal temp not a concern when smoking baby back ribs? Are most smoking at 250* minimum temp? Thanks.
     
  2. sota d

    sota d Smoking Fanatic

    3-2-1 is for spare ribs. Use2-2-1 for baby backs. Most people use the bend test or toothpick test for doneness. I usually smoke them at 225*.
     
  3. sota d

    sota d Smoking Fanatic

    Bend test-pick up the rack of ribs by one end, the rack should bend enough that the meat starts to break away from the bone. Or a toothpick should slide in between the bones with little or no resistance.
     
  4. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Second on the 2-2-1 and the bend test. Temp on ribs isn't as big of a deal. You will be cooking it well past the "done" temp so you don't have to worry about that so the real test of whether or not your done is the tenderness.
     
  5. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yep....more like 2-2-1 for the first time out and then adjust for your tastes. Fall off the bone vs slight tug to the meat....foil or no foil etc. I'm a no foil, no spritz, no water pan type preferring a dry rubbed rib with sauce served on the side. If you have 2 racks you can do one foiled & one not to see your preference.. Opinions swing widely on this process and I don't know what unit you are smoking in so hard to gauge how difficult to maintain temps. But, like the man said....he runs at 225....I also run about the same, although with my electric smoker I get temps swings so probably in the area of 225-250. There will also be some pull back of the meat away from the tips of the bones....another indicator of them getting close to done....Have fun.....Willie
     
  6. hoops10

    hoops10 Fire Starter

    Sorry, I am using a MES 30. I did notice some temp swings when smoking the Boston Butt. I assume 2-2-1 means 2 hours in, then 2 hours with foil, then 1 without foil? If not using foil, then what does the 2-2-1 mean?
     
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  7. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Yes 2-2-1 is 2 hours in the smoke, 2 foil, 1 smoke. If you aren't going to foil then you just leave them in for about 5 hours.
     
  8. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    hoops be sure to pull the membrane, off the back of the ribs that will make them more tender.
     
  9. hoops10

    hoops10 Fire Starter

    Will do, membrane shouldn't be too hard to remove right?
     
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  10. No it isn't, there are a lot of YouTube videos that will explain how to make it even easier...
     
  11. hoops10

    hoops10 Fire Starter

    Dumb question but what's that difference between baby back ribs vs. spare ribs when smoked? Just taste?
     
  12. spainglish

    spainglish Fire Starter

    The babies require less work but if you do spares right they can be just as tender and juicy and I actually prefer them because they have more meat! Not much difference in flavor in my opinion.
     
  13. spainglish

    spainglish Fire Starter

    To get the membrane off, slide a butter knife between membrane and bone on the short side to separate it then grab it with a paper towel and pull!! It should come right off. The fresher the ribs, the easier it is.
     
  14. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    They are a different cut from the pig with the spare ribs having more meat (and connective tissue). Some people don't like the extra connective tissue and fat on spare ribs but some people do (I am one of those people).

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  15. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I like the spares More Meat most of the fat melts off.
     
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  16. sota d

    sota d Smoking Fanatic

    I prefer baby backs myself, But hey-it's all good!
     
  17. spainglish

    spainglish Fire Starter

    Sounds like this could be a cool new thread! Baby backs or spares? I'm a spares man myself!😊
     
  18. Let us know,   I'm sure that will be good

    Gary
     
  19. hoops10

    hoops10 Fire Starter

    About to put the baby back ribs in, do you guys put the ribs in bones up or bones down?
     
  20. spainglish

    spainglish Fire Starter

    Bones down definitely.
     

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