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Ribs That Took Longer Than Expected Not That There's Anything Wrong With That Q View

Discussion in 'Pork' started by wntrlnd, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. (Note: I changed the name of this post, to accomodate an objection to the title Retarded Ribs Q View.  As I explicitly state below, the cooking process was retarded when the temperature in my smoker went south for an extended period of time.  I was able to correct for this and ended up with some tasty ribs despite the temp dip.  In as much as adjusting to that retardation in the cooking process was the main challenge I faced today, I originally titled this post Retarded Ribs Q view.    The ribs simply took longer than expected to cook.  I wasn't saying the ribs themselves were "retards."  Or the ribs were so good they make you retarded.  Or anything about people with disabilities of any sort.  Clearly, I wasn't using the word retarded as a perjorative.  The ribs turned out great!  I have nothing bad to say about them.  In terms of how long it actually took, compared to how long I expected them to take, they were, temporally speakingretarded ribs.  Changing the title to Temporally Challenged Ribs (in other words, Late Ribs) evidently only made things worse.  Hey, I tried!)

    I got these spare ribs for $1.39 a pound at Vallarta Market. They were fresh when I bought them but I ended up freezing them when I foolishly cancelled my smoke last weekend. 

    I took off the membrane, rib meat and skirt before I froze them.



    I took them out of the freezer Friday morning and got them thawed enough to apply mustard and rub late that night.



    I had the ribs out the next morning at 7:30 and in the smoker by 9.


    My aim was to do these ribs the 3-2-1 method.  I've successfully used the method before

    I'm using lump charcoal and smoking with a nice big log of seasoned almond wood in my offset smoker.  Here's a peek in the firebox:


    I had a nice flow of thin blue smoke and a pretty consistent temp all through the first three hours.


    About an hour before it was time to foil the ribs, I started getting my fatty ready.  I wanted to get the fatty on while I had the lid open for the foiling.  I ended up having the lid open for a long time and lost a ton of heat.

    I knew this was going to be an issue, so I opened the vent and added charcoal prior to beginning the foiling process.  Even so, I bumbled around and lost too much heat.

    Since I had three hours of momentum behind me, I figured if I was patient the temp would slowly climb back up.  I sat down to eat lunch and waited for the temp to come back.  I monkeyed around with it, adding charcoal, knocking off ash, cleaning the area under the coals, etc.  As it turned out, I had about an hour or and hour and a half where the temp was closer to 200 than the (minimum) 225 I was trying to cook at.

    I knew this lower temp was retarding the progress of the ribs.  I figured to compensate I'd need to extend the time in the foil to 2 and a half hours.  As expected, when I checked them at the end of two hours they clearly had a considerable way to go.  I ended up leaving them in foil for 3 hours and then about a half hour out of the smoker to firm them up.

    I'm thinkin' these are about ready:


    Here they are firming up:


    Oh yeah, I mentioned there was a fatty in today's line up:


    I wrote a seaparate Q view for the fatty yesterday.   Here's how the fatty turned out:


    Here are those ribs:



    Supper is ready when you are:


    I was very satisfied with the end product.  Some of my best ribs so far (only my third attempt).

    I hope you enjoyed the Q view!  I would've posted it last night but I went for a massage instead.

    Thanks for lookin' in!
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2010
  2. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member


    That plate looks even better than it did on the other post!

    I gotta stop looking at this one!

  3. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

    WOW! what pretty ribs! It all looks great!!
  4. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    WOW! That's a very nice smoke ring![​IMG]
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I agree WOW thats one nice looking plate of food. The ribs look great so why are they retarded???
  6. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    Massage or post Qview....ok, we'll forgive you for choosing the massage! LOL  (Would have been my choice too!)

    Those are some great looking ribs and nice plate of food.  Great smoke! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2010
  7. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great job! Making me wanna do some ribs!
  8. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    wow that looks prefect very well done
  9. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Nice job, those ribs look great.
  10. Thanks, Bear!  I agree, I think this is a better shot of that fatty.  Looks like the filling is in 3D!  LOL

    Thank you, BarbeQueen!  I forgot to mention I basted those ribs with Bone Suckin' Sauce before I served them.

    Thanks, raptor700!  Someone might ask, how can a guy like me with almost zero smoker experience turn out such deleicious ribs?  Only because all you folks here at SMFare so generous with your knowledge and experience.   Thanks, buddy!
    Thanks, Mark!  The ribs were retarded in the cooking process.  Instead of 3-2-1, I did something like 3-3- and then a half hour to firm them up.  Cooking progress was retarded due to low smoker temp for the 90 minutes after I foilded them.  They didn't make sufficient progress in the usual 2 hours, so I held them back in the foil until they were ready.  I note this only because last time I did the 3-2-1 I just followed the time line and didn't adjust for the actual temps I was cooking at.  Last time I didn't really get the sort of pull back I did this time, and I supect it was because I was sort of blindly sticking to the 3-2-1 timeline and not compensating for some (operator induced) abnormal temperature fluctuations.  LOL.

    I'm getting ready for a repeat of last night's dinner any minute now.  Yum!
  11. LOL!  Thanks, DeanNC!  What a treat that massage was after a long day in front of the smoker!  I woke up today feeling like a million bucks!
    Heehee!  Thanks, Squirrel!  That happens to me EVERY single time I read one of your posts!  Like this morning when I read your pecans one!  OMG!

    Thanks again for the compliment!  [​IMG]
    Thanks, RdKnB!  When I started smoking my main goal was to make ribs.  I had a very definite idea in my mind what I wanted them to taste like.  I'm getting really close and this was only my third try. 
    Thank you very much, meateater!  I hope they won't be the last ribs of the season.   If it keeps raining I might have to put the smoker in the garage for the winter.

    What's up with that?  It's not supposed to rain in Southern California! 

    I blame Al Gore!

  12. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    They look awesome [​IMG]
  13. pokey

    pokey Meat Mopper

    Alls' well that ends well. It looks like quite the feast. Thanks for sharing!
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2010
  14. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    It all looks really good on my screen, nice job!!
  15. Thank you, very much, Pineywoods!  I really appreciate the feedback!

    Thanks, Pokey!   You're exactly rightEven though the cooking process was retarded by the extended period of low temperatures, it didn't affect the final product because I extended the time in the foil.
    Thanks much, pandemonium!  I appreciate the compliment!
  16. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Looks Great... I'll take an order of Ribs...
  17. Thanks, Beer-B-Q!   I'm  seriously going to need some help polishing these off!

    Got room for a slice of fatty?
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2010
  18. You,Your good you.[​IMG]
  19. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Those look pretty darn good from here. Good Job.
  20. WOW Looks great making me want to do some ribs too. Really like the fatty too , I could take a slice of that too. Great job and keep the q-views coming