Ribs on an Electric Smoker

Discussion in 'Pork' started by rohan, Jan 26, 2008.

  1. I'm looking for some advice.

    For Christmas, my inlaws gave me a Brinkmann Gourmet Electric Smoker. I haven't used it yet, but I'm thinking about smoking some ribs for the Super Bowl next week. Of course, I plan on testing it this weekend.

    The problem I have is, I'm not sure on exactly how long to cook them. Everywhere I look, I find differing opinions. The instructions that came with the smoker say to cook them for 2 hours. I tried searching for rib recipes on google, but the cook times all vary from 2 to 8 hours.

    Has anyone used this smoker to cook ribs?

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
  2. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have cooked ton's of ribs on my ECB, search 3-2-1 and you'll be fine!
  3. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Over to the left on the site you see a list of "how to" items, one being 3-2-1 ribs. One of the easiest, foolproof way of doing ribs. Mark you it is a guideline and you may adjust it more to your taste after doing it once or twice, but I am sure you will love the results.
    Remember to spray the inside of that smoker with PAM and run some heat thru it for a couple of hours, wood too. This will season it and get it ready for your first smoke.
  4. Alright, I'm closing in on hour number 5 with the 3-2-1 method. I have this bad feeling that the smoker isn't hot enough. I shouldn't be able to rest my hand on the lid, should I?
  5. johnnie2130

    johnnie2130 Meat Mopper

    I have a MES and the outside of it doesn't get hot. If you don't have an external therm you should get one. Takes out the guesswork.
  6. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yer not smoking yer hand...LOL!

    WHat's your digital thermometer saying the pit temp is? You DO have a digital thermometer, right?

    200 is about the lowest you should use...250 seems to be about usual for most folks doing ribs eh, people?
  7. I don't have a thermometer. But obviously I need to get one.

    I just took the foil off for the last hour, and do look pretty damn good. I do have a meat thermometer, so I'll check the internal temp here in an hour. I'll let you know how it goes.
  8. johnnie2130

    johnnie2130 Meat Mopper

    I'm smoking mine at about 235-240.
  9. ptjd

    ptjd Smoke Blower

    Rohan, I use an electric also, I usually do the 3-2-1 (edit) with some adjustments (Full rack of ribs vs Babybacks) I keep mine around 220-230.
    But what I found out is brining the slab in salt and brown sugar for 24 hrs really keeps them moist and tasty!
  10. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Don't bother with ribs, you most likely won't get an accurate reading. Meat's too thin. Just look for meat pullback and tenderness. They be done then guarenteed. The thermometer is used for pit temp only when doing ribs.
  11. These are actually a St. Louis cut.

    Should I be worried that on one end of the slab, the meat has pulled back at least a 3/4 of an inch, but not on the other?
  12. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I don't do as many spares as Baby backs, but usually for me the end of the rack that is thicker(the meat) and the bones are the biggest( diameter) seems to have less pull back than the skinny end!

    And yes Richtee, I usually like to do my ribs at 235-250 if I can keep it there.

    PDJT don't you mean 3-2-1 ? never heard about the 1-2-3 method!
    Must be the countdown, when they are on the table, and the family is waitin![​IMG]
  13. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    if ya got a 3/4 inch pull back, I would say them dogs is done! Good eattin!
  14. ptjd

    ptjd Smoke Blower

    LOL, Capt Dan, yes 3-2-1 after a few glasses of wine I need to go edit my posts!
  15. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    ah yessss! the ole wine syndrome. I bet that hairless naked cat looks even funnier after half a bottle of vino'!
  16. Well how'd it turn out? Seeing it was that cold out,the outside temp wouldn't get that hot. It's what's on the inside that counts. Let's see.[​IMG]
  17. OK. This is what I ended up with.
  18. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    As usual, what Richtee said. This guy knows a lot more than chiles will admit to.
  19. I plan on having 20 people over next weekend for the Super Bowl, so I was kinda nervous making ribs for the first time. I'm not sure how those pictures look, but holy crap, these are some damn good tastin' ribs.

    I will say that this smoker is kinda small. The one slab barely fit.

    Any advice on how many slabs to by for 20 people?
  20. welder

    welder Smoke Blower

    Thee nothing wrong with those ribs they look great

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