Question on -3-2-1 smoking spare ribs 5 hours in advance

Discussion in 'Pork' started by jsotelo, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. My Brother-in-law is fighting lymphoma and he asked me to smoke spare ribs and pulled pork for the 4th. How could I say no?So for the ribs I’m going to do 3-2-1 BUT I can only smoke early in the morning and we’re not going to eat until 4. So The ribs will go on the smoker at 5am and will be pulled off at 11 wrapped in foil, wrapped in a towel and then put into a cooler.My question is this. With the 3-2-1 should I just pull the ribs after the “2” and while they are still wrapped in foil, wrap them in a towel and put them in the cooler. Then about an hour before we eat I pull them out and finish the last hour.ORShould I just finish the 3-2-1 and then re-wrap the ribs and store in the cooler?Thanks in advance!Jon
  2. michief

    michief Smoke Blower

    I have had to leave ribs wrapped for several hour. Never had a problem doing this and if hou make sure the cooler is stuffed full of towels it should still be at serving temp.

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  3. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would fully cook and then leave in cooler wrapped in foil and towels
  4. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Cook them fully, cool and wrap in foil and put them in the fridge where you know they will be at the right temp to prevent any chance of food born illness. Reheat on a slow grill for 30-40 minutes and serve hot.
  5. I cook ribs just about every weekend and leave them in the cooler for at least 5 hours and then throw them on a grill to sear the sauce on right before serving. They are still too hot to handle most of the time when I pull them out. Guess I've got a good cooler.
  6. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Not for nothin, and maybe things have changed, but isn't smoked anything a big fat no no with that illness?
  7. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would go with cliffcarter's advice; they can easily be reheated, but can't be de-bacteria'ized without a lot of clorox.
  8. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Ditto what everyone else is saying...cook to completion, wrap and reheat
  9. Thanks for the advice everyone

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