Ohhh please....spare me

Discussion in 'Pork' started by cuppedwings, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. Planning on doinf some pork spare ribs today.....last minute decision...LOL

    I was just wondering if spares are done like baby backs as far as 3-2-1 method or should I be doing something different.  Also wondering if temp range should be around 225* and a rough time frame for completion. 

    Thanks and I promise Qview.

  2. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I usually figure about 6 hours for spares, but I don't foil. I cook around 230* and look for pull back and bend.

    You planning in trimming them into a St Louis cut?
  3. werdwolf

    werdwolf Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have an MES and do them at 230.  I use a 3-1.5-.5 and they come out moist and just short of fall off the bone.  Good luck and don't forget the Q VIEW.
  4. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use the 3-2-1 method and it works perfect for me, I recommend you do it that way the first time and then adjust to you tastes. It will give you a good base line to work from
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I also have some spares in the smoker too. I use a modified 3-2-1 and it is 3 hours naked 2 hours foiled and then 1 hour naked again. Even from my high school it adds up to 6 hours. Now I use a 3-11/4-1 for my spares. Baby backs are 2-2-1 = 5 
  6. Thanks guys.....I put a light homemade rub on them and have them in the smoker right now.  I think I will do a modified 3-2-1 method as explained above.  I will have a report and Qview later.
  7. cant' wait to see them! love me some ribs!
  8. The ribs turned out pretty good, but room for improvement.  Next time smoking temp gets dropped to around 200*F.  Did todays spare ribs at 225*F and at the 5 hour mark I yanked 'em off and they were a bit over-done.  Not terrible, but noticeably a little drier than I had hoped for.

    Well anyway.....here is the promised Qview.

    The beginning, midway and the final product



  9. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Those spares or country style ribs?
  10. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They look like Country Style. They look good.
  11. Those are country style. I can even taste them. Man they look excellent. Thanks Friend
  12. yepper...my bad.  Country style.

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