first time doing ribs in foil...fail

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tyotrain

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OK guys i did ribs for the first time in foil today the taste was good but they were falling off the bone(that was the fail part
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some BBs  found at wal mart 1.00 cheaper than few weeks ago so got 4 racks
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getting the rub together for the rub down.
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Ok did one with reg. mustard and did one with hot as hell mustard. there was no real difference when done.
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all rubbed up and ready to go.
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getting the smoker up to temp.
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ok we were stable at 230 degrees so the ribs went on for 3 hours before foil.
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3 hours in and the foil went on..
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time for foil
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foiled for 2 hours now here is were it went wrong lol when i went to take them out of the foil for there last hour they were falling off the bone? so i took them off and let them rest.
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now the taste was great but i don't like them falling off the bone and i didn't get that nice tight bark. what you guys think did i foil to long my heat didn't get over 235 any ideas were i went wrong?  The wife loved  them so that was a plus for me lol

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If i would have had the bark i get when i don't foil and the taste i got with the ones i did foil i would have hit a home run guess thats why i love this so much every smoke is different.

thanks for looking and thank you for all the help. I love smoking food love to learn and love to try new things.
 

chainsaw

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They look really good baby backs will get done quicker-I think the fomula for them is 2-2-1 rather than 3-2-1 which is for spares. Still very delicious looking.

At least they weren' tough! 
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rp ribking

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What I would do is foil your wifes ribs if she likes them like that and not foil your ribs if you like them like that. The Best of Both Worlds
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dave54

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They look really good baby backs will get done quicker-I think the fomula for them is 2-2-1 rather than 3-2-1 which is for spares. Still very delicious looking.

At least they weren' tough! 
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thats what I've been doing too ..baby backs 2-2-1 and spares 3=2=1 and it's been working for me 

 
 

toxie

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Same here... baby backs 2.2.1 and spareribs 3.2.1... that one hour makes a big difference.

but those sure do look good!!
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tyotrain

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Thanks guys i will try that 2 2 1 i don't want to give up on it. is that at 230F and if i do the 2 2 1 will i get a better bark? thanks for the help love it here.
 

eman

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You are not going to get the same bark w/ foil that you get w/ no foil. The foiling process braises or steams the ribs . this is what makes them so tender.

the braising process is not condusive to forming a heavy bark.  2 hrs in foil for baby backs is a long time ,I only foil for 30 min to an hour depending on how they feel after the 2 hour smoke.
 

rp ribking

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Thanks guys i will try that 2 2 1 i don't want to give up on it. is that at 230F and if i do the 2 2 1 will i get a better bark? thanks for the help love it here.
Ty,

If you are foiling and you want better bark get a dog, just kidding. If you want the bark, Low and Slow between200* and 225* (No Foil). With foil you are just steaming,braising the ribs within its own juices. 
 

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