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To foil or not to foil???

Discussion in 'Pork' started by dominicansmoker, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. Morning Guys, ive been smoking ribs for 6 months now (noob) and i always foil they taste pretty good but for me they come out over cooked they are alway falling of the bone, i havent tried smoking ribs with out foil. my question is if i dont foil how long should i have my MES running at 225?
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    At 225°F it will still take about 6 hours for Spare Ribs, 5 for Baby Backs. I have an MES as well and frequently smoke Spare Ribs at the MES max of 275°F, no Foil, for 4 hours. They are bite off the Bone tender but not falling off the bone. You can test with either a toothpick, it should slide in with no effort, or the bend test. Pick up the rack with a pair of tongs from one end, about 4 bones, if it bends 90° and the meat starts to split and tear a bit you are good to go...JJ
  3. thanks for the help chef, will try that this saturday.
  4. ted campbell

    ted campbell Newbie

    I put my ribs in a 275 for 2 hours and then wrap them in foil with some apple juice for another 2 hours or so until they reach a temp of about 195-200.  They come out perfect.  You could put them on a grill or back in the smoker with some sauce or more rub to get a little bark.
  5. foamheart

    foamheart Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Last night I did a St.Louis rack, at 230 w/ Pecan. I was really expecting about a 6 hour cook, but it took every bit of 7 to get them right. That's no water pan, mopping, spritzing on an MES30.

    They were tender, but had some bite which why I did old school, kinda missed it. Juicy! The ends got a bit dry, but it was otherwise pretty dang tastee!

    I really wish I had a 40, its almost a sin to have to cut a rack of ribs in half.....LOL Also you can't do a good break over test with 1/2 a rack of ribs.... I want a 40...!!! I want Bear's, it works and is seasoned already...BEAR!!!!
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2013
  6. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    The thing is, it doesn't matter if you foil or not, the time is about the same running at 225.  6 hours for spares and 5 for BBs.

    Try it without the foil and see how you like it!  The key is maintaining a steady smoker temp no matter what temp you choose, and of course knowing the right tests to check for doneness.

    The bend test - pick up the ribs with tongs near the end, if they bend about 90 degrees and start breaking they are done

    A more non-destructive test is to insert a toothpick, if it goes in and out with little to no resistance - they are done!

    Good luck,

  7. thanks for the great tips guys.