Ok, so here's the deal. I've done ribs before, but not since I delved so deep into smoking. In fact, the only time I ever got ribs the way I like them (nice and tender), I cheated and baked them first before finishing on the grill. I picked up two racks of baby backs from Wal-Marks today. Each one is about 2.5-3 lbs. I've been going back and forth on whether I want to just go low and steady, sans 3-2-1, or what I should do. Since I've never tried the 3-2-1 method, I thought about doing one rack just low and slow and doing 3-2-1 for the other. Just to compare. I will be cooking these in my big cooker that I haul behind my truck and cook pigs on just because my UDS is at my parents house (150 miles away) and my cheapo gas grill is too damn small. It's gas and I will be using my brand new AMNS (provided the mail man is on time Friday!). I have a couple questions before I get rolling.
- If I do decide to do one with 3-2-1 and one without, can I do them both at around 220*? This cooker does an excellent job at holing heat. After adjusting for about the first 30 mins or an hour of cooking, as long as I don't open her up, she'll hold heat like an oven. And 220 is about as low as I can run it. Maybe 210.
- If I am doing one without the 3-2-1 method, should I spritz the rib about every hour? What about flipping? Do I need to flip?
- Also, if I am doing one without 3-2-1 and one with 3-2-1, shouldn't they both get done around the same time? About 5-6 hours?
- Finally (but definitely important!), with my AMNS, I am getting hickory, mesquite, and apple. Which should I use for the ribs? I was thinking about a mix of apple and hickory. Regardless, if I use two different types of wood in the AMNS, should I "mix" the wood up before loading it into the AMNS so I get consistent smoke from both? Or maybe do half and half in the AMNS and light both ends?