Do you let your ribs rest?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by bigboy, May 27, 2013.

  1. If so, for how long?
  2. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Sure do...for about 10-15 minutes or longer.  Any meat once cooked should be rested to allow the juices to redistribute.  Lots of folks think there is not enough meat on ribs to worry about this...wrong!  Plus, there is usually time before everyone sits down to allow the rest.

    Of course, the cooks and assistants samples don't rest quite as long...only 2 or 3 minutes...[​IMG]

    Let 'em rest, you won't regret it.

    Good luck,

  3. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    I agree with Bill! I try to rest ribs 30 minutes before cutting them up. Try it and you'll see a difference.

  4. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    [​IMG]   Just long enough to prevent blisters...
  5. Do you wrap them in foil during the rest time?

  6. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Unless I am looking for a specific type dry bark, I always cover with aluminum to rest, Not a wrap, not sealed up, just to keep any flying or walking by critters honest anyway.
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2013
  7. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Let them resy, but don't wrap them , the Bark / Glaze get soft.IMHO.
  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I don't intentionally rest Ribs but once pulled from the smoker and tented to wait for the Sides and People to get to the table 15-20 minutes passes...Cut and Serve...JJ
  9. gadsden 1

    gadsden 1 Fire Starter

    I didn't let my first set of ribs rest and they were good, but I'll give the ribs currently on the smoker a rest and see if I like it better.  The last set might have benefited from it since the bark was a little firm.  I'll update later, with Qview.  [​IMG]
  10. tennman73

    tennman73 Fire Starter

    A lot of times after a 3-2-1, the ribs are real tender and a 10 minute rest allows everything to firm up a bit and makes for a better cut.
  11. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I rest the ribs before slicing and try not to serve too hot.
  12. dewetha

    dewetha Smoking Fanatic

    what he said!
  13. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I am learning that food doesn't have to be served HOT. You can wait till it doesn't burn your mouth to eat, seems I enjoy it more when I taste it.

    I have not mastered it though, I never taste the first hot bowl of chicken and dumplins!
  14. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Absolutely. especially red meats.
  15. bruno994

    bruno994 Master of the Pit

    Rest...15-20 mins...with foil opened up or on a cutting board.

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