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Need a little help smoking ribs

Discussion in 'Pork' started by silv50, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. silv50

    silv50 Newbie

    I am fairly new at smoking, and I have taught myself.  I can do a pork butt and a brisket just fine, but ribs give me issues and would like a little insight.  Most of the time when I smoke ribs they come out almost like tender jerky.  In my eyes, ribs should have that nice black coating on the outside but mine usually don't.  I did get great results once, but I was never able to duplicate it.  I have tried them the full time in smoke and other times I have wrapped them in tin foil for the last part of the smoke. 

    If anyone can help me get the perfect ribs every time, that would be great.  Thanks in advance for your help.
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

  3. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    While I spritzed mine for the first time last night, I won't do it again because it made the bark kind of soggy.  I, too, want my ribs to be black, and the following procedure has worked very well for me:

    1) The night before, put a coat of molasses on them and plenty of rub.  I use this Memphis style rub but cut the cayenne in half: http://southernfood.about.com/od/bbqsaucemarinade/r/bl30418a.htm

    2) Next day while the smoker is heating up, take them out of the fridge and apply a generous coat of brown sugar.  Just sprinkle it on and let it sit there until it has melted.

    3) Sprinkle on another coat of rub.

    4) Smoke them at 225* (220-240*) for 5 hours for baby backs or 6 hours for spares.  Have a water tray in there but don't open the door and don't foil or spritz.  I use Hickory, Apple, or Pecan.

    They'll turn out with an awesome black bark.  They won't be "fall-off-the-bone" tender, but they won't be dry, either.

    This method consistently produces some awesome ribs for me, and my guests always rave about how good they are.
  4. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    silv - give the 3-2-1 method a try that pineywoods posted...I don't think it'll disappoint you.  If you're looking for fall off the bone, go the entire 2 hours in foil, if not, maybe start with a modified 3-2-1 something like a 3-1 1/2-1  (1 1/2 or less in foil).  
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    First off Welcome Silvr to SMF.  You'll like it here for there are alot of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking. I would try that 3-2-1 method that theses other guys have told you already. I would suggest that you sign up for the E-Course it's free and it will give you the basics of smoking and some good methods to use also. So the next big thing for you to do is go out and get you something to smoke and if you happen to have any questions just post it here and we will be happy to answer them for you.

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    Last edited: Sep 21, 2010