No Foil on next set of ribs...your opinions

Discussion in 'Pork' started by old poi dog, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    OK..next set of pork ribs I will do the No-Foil thing. I'm planning to smoke at about 230-240. I think total time will be 5 hours. I'm planning to watch for the 1/4" pullback, then I will begin to apply a spritzing of my rub disolved in a mixture of cranberry juice/water, every 1/2 hour or so. I'm thinking the pullback will occur at the 2.5 or 3 hour mark. So the remaining two hours should be dedicated to 2 1/2 hours of spritzing and 1/2 hour of applyng a mop? Do you think its workable? Anything to watch for?
     
  2. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I don't always foil, more of a mood thing for me now, unless i'm holding them for a couple hours, then i always foil. Sounds like you have a plan there, let us know how it works out for you.
     
  3. countrysmoked

    countrysmoked Smoke Blower

    I did some last week without foil and they came out great. I sprayed with apple juice every hour and smoked with hickory pellets at 225-230 all night (was a long one) My son's class already ordered more for next year.
     
  4. wmarkw

    wmarkw Smoking Fanatic

    No foil guy here too. I don't spritz or mop. I try to keep my smoker door shut and only open when I need to add some chips in real quick. I go about 6 hours for spares and will sauce them about 30-45 minutes before I remove them from the smoker.
     
  5. bigbaldbbq

    bigbaldbbq Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I don't foil. I used to spritz the ribs with apple juice. What I have done the last few times was to cook with the concave side up. I get a little pool of juice that seems to keep the ribs moist. I will do some ribs this coming weekend I'll take pictures.
     
  6. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My kids like to fall off the bone but they are young. The foiling with accomplish this for you. I prefer to pull it off. I foil and then firm back up by unfoiling or leave my ribs out of the foil.
     
  7. iadubber

    iadubber Meat Mopper

    I prefer to also bite the meat off, but sometimes I like them to fall off. If I want that then I foil them.
     
  8. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Personally I don't foil anymore but I do spritz.

    I think you have a great plan for your next set of ribs, should be darn tasty.
     
  9. rio_grande

    rio_grande Smoking Fanatic

    foil,, never did,, Spritz sometimes,, sometimes not
     
  10. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  11. jamesb

    jamesb Smoking Fanatic

    I never foil, spritz or mop ribs... I rub them right as they go on the pit and don't pull 'em of until they pass the bend test. Sometimes I will glaze them right as they come off the pit, some times I don't

    These were glazed the moment I took 'em off. Sorry for the size of the pic.
     
  12. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hey James,
    Those are some sweet looking ribs!!! At what temp do you smoke em at?
     
  13. jamesb

    jamesb Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks OPD! I normally have the pit running at ~235°.
     
  14. blacklab

    blacklab Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Wow alot of non foilers. I like it [​IMG]

    I start spritzing 2 to 2 1/2 hrs into the smoke, every hr on the hr till done. Unless I decide on saucing then the last hr or so is sauced.
     
  15. jaye220

    jaye220 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I started out foiling but always go un-foiled now. I start spraying with apple juice/booze about 2 hours in and do it every hour after that. I like to sauce them with about 45 minutes left.
     
  16. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You've got a good plan...I'd go with it.

    I never used to foil/mop/spray anything in the past, but I always wet-smoked. I have started to put ribs into a covered steam pan with a brasing liquid for the past 6 or 8 months...wife, kids and friends like the tenderness it can produce. I'm kind of getting hooked on it myself. I foil alot more now.

    It's a preference thing. Having a change in your smokes sometimes can really bring out what you/yours like the best. I have done some smokes that I secretly changed up a couple things like the rub blend, or some other technique that I never faltered from before. The results have been pleasantly surprising. I would get comments like "hey, what did you do to these? They're really good".

    Point being this: you'll never now what you like the best until you try something new or different. Play around with things and you'll find out.


    Happy smokin' OPD!

    Eric
     
  17. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It depends on how I'm feeling any more. I'm doing ribs this weekend sans foil.
     
  18. texasboy

    texasboy Newbie

    I normally foil my ribs for an hour to hour and a half, then unfoil and cook for another hour. I have a smoke tonight where I am doing a few racks of spare ribs. Think I am going all non-foil tonight with a spritz.
     
  19. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My last few batches of BB ribs, I have smoked for 3 hours(no spray, no mop,), and then foiled for 30 minutes with apple juice, honey, and a few other things. They have been the best I have ever done, nice tug, but tender as well.

    I may do some spares this weekend adjusting the time accordingly.
     
  20. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    No foil, no spritz, no mop, no sauce, but there are ribs... Only time I foil is if I am coolering them after the cook.
     

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