Dry Section of Port Ribs

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Original poster
Sep 1, 2022
Just joined forum and this is my first post. Been smoking a while, and have a problem I hope someone can explain and offer guidance.

I've attached a photo of ribs that I recently made. My problem is the area on the upper-right-hand side. The meat is "whiter" and very dry. All the other meat is darker, and much more moist. I don't like this part of the rib as it is very (!) dry.

So I'm wondering...am I buying the wrong meat, cooking them wrong? Or something else?

I smoke 3-2-1 @ 250. Use apple juice, butter, honey and brown sugar in the wrap.

Advice appreciated!


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Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Dec 27, 2015
Southwest Minnesota
Hi and welcome to the forum from Minnesota!

Will give your question a bump back up to the top and hopefully someone will be able to give you some ideas to help.


Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Nov 26, 2019
Ridgetop Tennessee
That's a common issue with baby backs since COVID happened. Producers are leaving a ton of loin meat on the ribs. It used to not be that way but good baby back are hard to find the last 2 years or so. You can try trimming the loin meat next time which will help. I inspect ribs close nowadays and have basically moved over to spare ribs


Meat Mopper
Jan 31, 2022
New Mexico
I was at the store yesterday. Packer Loin is $1.99/lb. Baby back, $3.79 a lb.
I got bb ribs because I hadn't had them in a while. Going to watch out for that loin meat.

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