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Curve Up or Curve Down

Discussion in 'Pork' started by richard, Oct 20, 2006.

  1. richard

    richard Newbie

    I was having a discussion with a friend and the topic of smoking ribs came up and he thinks a person ought to put the curve up on a rack to hold in the fat and moisture in and I think you should put the curve down to allow the fat to drip away. Is there a preferred method? If so, what is it?

  2. I always put mine curve down, so that,
    (1) They don’t stick to grate, less contact, and
    (2) the majority of the meat is facing up, less heat weathering, that’s my 2 sheckles worth! :roll:
  3. woody

    woody Smoke Blower

    I agree, curve down.
  4. richard

    richard Newbie

    Curve down it was. They've been in the smoker for almost 4 hours now and hopefully they'll clean off the bones easily when done.

  5. bob-bqn

    bob-bqn Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Same here....curve down.

    We had a discussion on another forum and started using letters of the alphabet to represent the rib bone --- u or n . I do mine "n" style. [​IMG]
  6. cajunsmoker

    cajunsmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    n here too.
  7. richard

    richard Newbie

    n here was the way I did it. I'm stuffed and so is the company and I didn't hear one complaint. Thanks to Jeff and his great rub recipe. I believe I won't do it any different next time. It was in the mid 30's here today with light snow pellets for a little while. The meal really warmed in two ways, heat from the cooking and the warm feeling with regard to the compliments.

    Thanks for your advice.

  8. Now ain’t the the truth, I get a kick when I look around and see everybody looking like a chipmunk eating a peanut, all hunched over and such! :roll:
  9. I always used the n... until the last time I smoked a batch.

    I put them in the smoker the usual way "n" till the meat pulled from the bone, then I double wrapped in HD foil "u" style and put them in the oven @ 185 for two hours to finish.

    The reason I put them in the oven to finish is that I had several racks I had to put on the smoker while the others were coming off. figured that once you wrap em, the oven will work just as good to finish them.

    Bottom line, they were very good! but I really couldnt tell a difference from my "normal" way of cooking them. Mine have been coming out very juicy anyways, and I dont believe it makes that much of a difference, maybe if I did a batch "u" style from start to finish I might be able to figure out if there is a difference?

    Just another excuse to smoke some more ribs!!! :D
  10. jabo

    jabo Smoke Blower OTBS Member

    I also put mine in U style once I foil and juice them. N before the foil, U after.

  11. richard

    richard Newbie

    I followed the 3-2-1 method, well almost. I did put some apple juice on the ribs once they were in the foil. Again, they were delicious.