Rib rack or not

Discussion in 'Pork' started by scarbelly, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have almost always done ribs with a rib rack and I am wondering if there is any advantage to just laying them on the regular racks in the smoker. I have enough room to do it either way. Any opinions
  2. kurtsara

    kurtsara Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I have also done them both ways, I like laying them flat better, easier to mop and spray
  3. If you got the room they will be fine, racks help on smaller smokers so you can get more on the smoker (they take up less room)
  4. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    if i need to get a few more racks on the smoker racks its all good. I dont notice any difference when I use em' or not.
  5. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I am doing a small smoke today with 3 racks and a chicken so I will try laying the ribs on the smoker racks rather than in the vertical rib racks
    Thanks for the help
  6. uncle_lar

    uncle_lar Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    just make sure you put them above the chicken.
  7. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks - already made that mistake once - Funny how you learn the hard way
  8. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have noticed that using rib racks can take longer to cook. I also have to make sure the slabs don't touch together or they won't cook evenly. With un-trimmed spares. I place the heaviest/thickest side down so it gets a bit more heat during the smoke.

    Laying flat is best all around if you can do it that way.

  9. danbury

    danbury Smoking Fanatic

    Only time I use rib racks is if I have to cook more ribs than I can get on the pit laying flat. Not fond of rib racks at all.
  10. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    I'd rather not use racks. Only do if i have to.
  11. freshmeat

    freshmeat Smoke Blower

    Meat side up or down for BB?
  12. coyote-1

    coyote-1 Smoking Fanatic

    Used one a few times on the Weber kettle; getting the CGSP and adding an adjustable chrome rack obviated the need for it.
  13. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    meat side up...

    forluvofsmoke makes sense really... laying down there is more surface area of the rib that is catching the heat as it rises, if infact that's the way your smoker works...

Share This Page