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Smoke Blower
Original poster
Aug 17, 2007
Battle Creek,MI
I'm new to smoking but I have been just dying to try making my own ribs...

I picked up a Brinkmann Smoke N Pit professional

I have a couple of questions about Smoking..

1) Do I start with Charcoal and then switch over to wood, or do I use a smoke box for the Chips ???
Welcome to the forum. We're glad you're here.

On my side fire box, I start with lump charcoal that I've lit in a charcoal chimney. On top of that I add 1 or 2 chunks of wood (in my case hickory for ribs). Be careful to not put too much wood in which causes too much smoke. Oftentimes, that is a mistake made by people just learning how to cook with a smoker.

Ask plenty of questions. We're all eager to learn from you and help you here.
Thanks For the Welcome and I'm sure i will be asking more questions,

For Ribs Do I use A Rib Rack ??

And Boil the ribs or Not...
Go to the roll call section and introduce yourself. Make sure you sign up for the free 5 day e-course, lots of good info for you there.

As for your questions, its mostly preference. I don't use a rib rack, yet, and I will never ever boil ribs again in my life! The 3-2-1 method works wonders!
Ok.. who said the "B" word

Boiling ribs is apparently a sin.. I have recently learned thru some reliable sources that a new set of scrolls have been found containing an amendment to the original 10 commandments.. the 11th one says,

"thou shalt not boileth thy ribs in water or any other liquid lest I become angry and smite thee with fleas in thy armpits"

All joking aside... it boils out the flavor and leaves you with a flavorless but tender hunk of meat. smoking them real nice and slow produces the same effect only with all of the flavor intact.

You might also try the 3-2-1 method if you are into "extremely" tender ribs that might just literally fall off the bone. Lots of folks like them that way.
great quote Jeff, I have had offended my mother-in-law once by making a similar statement about ribs I made the mistake of ordering in a restraunt. I think the quote went something like, if your not making soup, meat doesn't belong in water. I later found out that she made ribs very similar to the ones we were eating. Needless to say I was a bit embarassed. It obviously didn't change my opinion, but I would have said it a little different. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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