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tried something new yesterday and did not care for it! (ribs)

Discussion in 'Pork' started by jerseydrew, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. jerseydrew

    jerseydrew Smoking Fanatic

    normally i cook BB ribs at 240 for 5-5.5 hours with water in my smoker. so yesterday i decided that with all the wind i did not want to go through fuel like crazy so i decided not to add water to the smoker. so did everything else the same just did not add the water to my WSM. the ribs were overcooked (falling off the bone) and were just a tad on the dry side. 
  2. Interesting. I rarely cook with water and haven't noticed dry ribs. However, I normally cook St Louis cut Spares.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2013
  3. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Overcooked is the key word.   I cook ribs all the time in 3-4 hours (never water) and they're perfect. 
  4. A little less time next tim and you should be good to go.

    Happy smoken.

  5. beeflover

    beeflover Smoke Blower

    How does water make u go through fuel like crzy?
  6. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Because water causes evaporative cooling...your fire is fighting against it trying to heat up.    It can be useful for people in hot climates to keep temps in check on those blistering days and help new smokers  manage their temps but it does nothing to help keep meat moist.    
  7. I thought it was because it takes a lot of energy to convert water to steam.  Without water you aren't converting steam therefore use less fuel (vents are closed a LOT more).  ...but for whatever reason I know it works.  I use a LOT less charcoal for much longer cooks without water.
  8. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Think of it this way....water boil at 212 and that moisture wants to dissipate the heat so it takes more heat to maintain higher temps.   It's kind of like running with a anchor weighing you down.   Someone won't see much fuel difference at low temps like 225 but you will at 275. 
  9. I smell what you're steppin in. I may not understand the science but I understand the application.
  10. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't see a location in your profile, so I have no way to know about your climate.

    Wind can be tricky.  In a cold climate it can rob your heat by cooling the pit.  In a warm climate the wind can fan your fire and make it act crazy.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  11. beeflover

    beeflover Smoke Blower

    ok now im confused again. What does wind have to do with the water?? :-/ Besides that its rly easy to block wind if it is bugging u
  12. jerseydrew

    jerseydrew Smoking Fanatic

    i guess it is possible they dried out a little due to the overcookedness. i will have to try again and be more mindful of when they are done.