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Ribs and ABT's (Q)

Discussion in 'Pork' started by njsmoker83, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. Only problem was the Ribs were very well done and tough.  They were smoked at 220 for 5 hours (2-2-1)

    ABT's were insane.
  2. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Were those beef ribs??
  3. Pork, three pack from Costco
  4. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    did you take the membrane off??
  5. With Costco, the company that packs the Baby Backs already takes them off.  Maybe cause it was really windy out, the temp was going from 205-240 at some points.
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Well it wasn't the wind if it only took the temp to 240° or so. That won't do anything to the ribs. Now did you have alot of sugar or brown sugar in the rub??? I was thinking why they got all dried out.
  7. I used Jeffs rub.  I was wondering if maybe its cause I froze the ribs and then let them defrost instead of cooking them fresh
  8. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

    I freeze the costco baby back packs all the time, with no worries. Could there have been a hot spot in the smoker?  What were you using?
  9. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    That may not be empircally true.  Out here on the left coast, up Washington way, the Costco BB ribs have the membrane still residing, at least in the two Costco's I frequent.  I would suspect that each region has a different supplier for their different products.     I saw a vast difference between the Costco's in Denver area and the ones out in my neck of the woods.  Oh, and I freeze them all the time because I have to watch for the sales.  Never had a problem yet, knock on wood.

    Last edited: Oct 20, 2010
  10. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I buy ribs all the time on sale and freeze them and have had no issues with them being tough. Is this the first batch of ribs you have smoked or is this a freak incident where the ribs just didn't' get tender? If they were you first time maybe try leaving them in the foil for longer next time. The 3-2-1 or 2-2-1 in your case is just a guideline and can be adjusted to fit your needs. Some like them more firm and some like them fall off the bone.
  11. think it was a freak thing.  im going to do 1.5-2.5-1 next time.  i like them fall off the bone
  12. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wow, I'm surprised they were overdone, I would think the opposite.

    Were the Darker ribs in the photo on the bottom of the smoker and if so how did they compare to the ribs on the top?

    I am not familiar with your smoker and want to be careful what I say, but do you think a Rib Rack and all the ribs on one level will help, or fit for that matter?

    Hopefully someone with experience on that smoker can help you out.