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Chamber Temperatures for Ribs

Discussion in 'Pork' started by smokin stang, Jan 20, 2007.

  1. Are there any disadvantages of smoking ribs at a lower temperature 200* vs 225-230*?
  2. pigcicles

    pigcicles Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    SS - the biggest disadvantage of smoking at 200º instead of the 225 / 230º range is longer cooking times. After the 140º or so mark you won't add any more smoke to the meat, so lower temps won't help much there.

    Keep in mind you want to get your meat through the danger zone of 40º - 140º. After that you are tenderizing and finish cooking the meat. In my opinion the 200º target would be fine for ribs - I wouldn't want to go much lower as you won't gain anything from it.

    Are you wanting to use the 3-2-1 method with the ribs or wanting to go low N slow all the way? Old school takes lots of practice and patience to perfect - learn to watch your ribs and how they feel when cooking is finished.

    Keep Smokin
  3. PC,
    I'm taking the easy way out 3-2-1 :P
  4. pigcicles

    pigcicles Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    SS watch your meat, when it pulls back about 1/8 or so put em in foil with a splash of apple juice or bourbon or whatever you like and a bit more rub, then go from there.
    Practice, eat, Practice, eat... can you see the pattern here? It's all good. Good Luck
  5. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    I'll second the appe juice!