spare ribs

Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by dmack, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. dmack

    dmack Smoke Blower

    I am about ready to start my first rack of ribs. I plan on going 3-2-1. They are spare ribs. So I will rub them and lay them bone side down? I bought them at Costco and was told the fell was already removed. Any other trimming necessary? Any quick help would be appreciated.

  2. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Unless you want to trim em St Louis style, sounds like your good to go! [​IMG]
  3. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good luck on your first rib smoke, try to include some Q View on completion of that smoke.
  4. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Mmmm ribs! Yep...bone side down. Let 'em go a while before DID make a mop sauce, right?
  5. dmack

    dmack Smoke Blower

    I guess I had planned to go Memphis style without mopping and just have sauce available. What do you think? Do I need to mop to keep from drying out? I am going 3-2-1.
    2nd issue. Being my first rib smoke, I didn't know what I had bought. I had 2 full racks, out of concern of fitting everything, I cut each rack in half and now have 4 1/2 racks in a rib rack. I hope that's cool.

  6. earache_my_eye

    earache_my_eye Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I personally prefer to spritz the ribs to help keep em moist......ya, Rich, I know..."spritz" is such an UN-manly word....LOL

    If you're smoking full spares, definitely go 3-2-1....and cutting them in half to fit your smoker should have very little effect....if any.

    Hope they turn out great for you, Doug!....and don't forget the qview!!

  7. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I find spritzing or mopping ribs is fairly pointless....
    Your gonna braise for 2 hrs in liquid anyways. [​IMG]
  8. dmack

    dmack Smoke Blower

    Say guys, since I didn't trim will I be looking at a longer smoke? I would really like to stay with the 3-2-1 if at all possible. By the way I did find that youtube video on trimming spares after I had already started my smoke. Awesome! What do you think about some minor trimming when I foil at the 2 step?

  9. winemaster

    winemaster Fire Starter

    Dont worry about the trimming now. 3-2-1 on full rack will turn out some great bones.

    Have Fun

  10. dmack

    dmack Smoke Blower

    Question: I still have an hour to go on my "2" stage and I'm at 169. Jeff says 172 for a target temp. What should I do if I get to 172 before I'm even done with this stage.

  11. jocosa

    jocosa Meat Mopper

    You could check them at that point... see what they look like... if you've got the visible 1/4" bone sticking out, take them out for the 1 part - and do that for 30-40 minutes - time is a guideline, not a set in stone rule.

    You're doing fine!
  12. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's why my ribs have the nice bark, Bubba ;{)
  13. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep look for the bone and experience will allow you to feel the "bend". Temp taking in ribs is rarely accurate. Too thin and too much bone. I don't even try it.
  14. dingle

    dingle Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member and Bubba need to play nice! hehehehe

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