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my first time.. spare ribs just went in!

Discussion in 'Pork' started by webowabo, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit

    First time with my new smoker.. lets hope they turn out. I have a propane 30" calebs, using mesquite chips.Cooking up two racks of spare ribs. I did have to cut them in half to fit, hope that doesnt hurt. How often am I gonna need to add more chips, and how long will a small bag last? I noticed I didnt put enough chips in just to get the smoker to 225*, and the temp dropped down quick when I added more.. is that normal and ok throughout the cooktime?
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The more you open the door the longer it takes for the meat to get done. The less times you have to open the smoker the better. Just make sure you don't over due the smoke. You don't want a lot of thick white billowing smoke you want a nice thin blue smoke. If you can smell the smoke then you are smoking.
  3. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit

    thanks, i like that tip. :)
  4. lexscsmoker

    lexscsmoker Fire Starter

    if you do the 3-2-1 or 3-2-2 method then the only time you will open up your smoker is to foil then unfoil. 
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Well the ribs look good so far. Now that small bag of chips should last you for the whole smoke. I would also recommend the 3-2-1 method. I would smoke a rack that way and then you can adjust it more to your liking, like I did I use more like a 3-1/14-3/4 for my liking.