Beef Ribs, newbie.

Discussion in 'Beef' started by jzampier, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. jzampier

    jzampier Smoke Blower

    My first smoke was going to be an easy cooked/cured ham, well my Saturday free'd up and had the wife pick up some beef ribs.  I've been researching the best ways to do these and will stick with the 3-2-1 method.  My question is whether to soak or just rub or both.  Also I read bad reviews on the mustard lather and just to use oil since Beef Ribs aren't as fatty.  Lastly, will it hurt to smoke the entire time when its in foil too?  I would think its a waste but unsure.  Oh and the water pan, I read that people use sand or water.  Sand is merely for temperature control.  Like if I was smoking bb ribs and they're a little fatty, so water isn't really needed and I could use sand?  Since these beef ribs aren't as fatty I should use water?  Some don't use anything at all.  Whats the preference here?

    I want these ribs to come out great so I need a little help here please.

    I think I should brine them, but with what?

    EVOO and a good rub,

    Smoke for 3 hrs,

    Foil for 2 hrs,

    Unwrap and smoke for 1 hr.
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I haven't ever soaked my ribs. I just rub them and throw them on the smoker and do a 3-2-1. Some times I use olive oil, mustard or nothing at all and just apply my rub to the meat. You can apply smoke while they are in the foil but the meat won't take any of that smoke obviously because it isn't exposed to the smoke.
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2012
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Ross X2...JJ

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