Rib issue

Discussion in 'Pork' started by anstissk, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. Hey all, im getting seasoned with bbq this summer and learning a lot.  I have an issue with my ribs.  I have been doing a 2-2-1 method for my baby backs and it seems like i am not tasting enough smoke and my ribs are too tender.  I left them in foil for only about an hour and a half.  for some reason i cant taste my rub quite as well as i can on pork strips as well.  I am looking to maybe doing a competition by the end of the summer and i know my ribs are getting way to tender for comp.  Thanks in advance
     
  2. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What type smoker are you using?

    What type wood?

    What temp are you smoking at?

    All these factors will have an effect on the end result.
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2011
  3. horizontal offset i made its in my pic album, usually hickory my last smoke was a oak hickory mix, and i try to keep it about 240*
     
  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Ya the only way we can help is with these answers
     
  5. well i did just post them b4 you posted your reply lol
     
  6. bmudd14474

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

    Change up the times a bit to suit your taste. Like maybe do 3- .75 -.75 instead. Experiment and you will find what you like. 2-2-1 is just a starting point.
     
  7. I have messed around with different times before also.  This was actually the first time i did a full 2 hours at the beginning.  3 might be the right amount of smoke for my taste.  And i think i will try 45 minutes for foiling time.  Now what does the last leg of the method actually do.  I know its a more so saucing period but is there anything else? Thanks everyone.
     
  8. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sounds like you have the temp and the smoke covered,

    Like Brian said Change up the times a bit to suit your taste. Like maybe do 3- .75 -.75 instead. Experiment and you will find what you like. 2-2-1 is just a starting point  

    Try the 3 hrs smoke and see what you think.

      Hope this helps [​IMG]
     
  9. cromag

    cromag Smoking Fanatic

    I'm gonna try 230 degrees for 6-7 hrs no foil.. Seen that from Jeffs rib recipe
     
  10. I think that will be good everyone thank you,  i really just needed an outside opinion.  Everyone on the web site knows that we are all our own worst critic lol.  I think the 3 hours will do me good for the smoke taste.  Can anyone answer my question about the last portion of the 2-2-1 method.  Is this for saucing only to give it a sheen or what, thank you.
     
  11. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I use the last # 2-2-1  for a glaze, and a subtle flavor.

    You don't want to over power the taste of the rib.
     
  12. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Try smoking them till you get 1/4-1/2" pull back and then use that for the first number. For the foil time you'll have to play with but that's usually the one that makes them tender/ fall of the bone. The last number is for firming them back up some and if you are going to baste them do it during this phase. Personally I like the smoker at 210-225 for ribs.

    The 3-2-1 or 2-2-1 are great for a starting point but most of us adjust them till we get just what we want to suit our tastes.
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2011
  13. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I agree with Piney. I smoke ribs at a lower temp as well.
     
  14. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'm with Piney I try to keep mine at 225°

    My 3-2-1 for spares  is usually modified to  2hrs,45 min - 1.5hrs - 45 minutes.
     
  15. Made some spares and baby backs tonight.  Baby backs turned out less tendr so that was good and a bit more smokey taste.  The thin portion of my spares got really dark so i prolly shouldnt have let them exposed to smoke for quite as long lol.  The thicker portion of spare had perfect color and i did a 5 hour smoke on those no foil.  Apple juice spray every hour.
     

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