Well, here we go again

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by skipper, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. skipper

    skipper Fire Starter

    Alright, so I'm giving it another try again this weekend. Just this last week I upgraded from my Brinkmann Gourmet to a BBQ Galore model. I also bought a Maverike ET-73.

    Right now my smoker temp is 228 F. What I am worried about is my meat temp (ribs). It's reading 149 F and its only been on for 20 minutes. What do I do?
  2. glued2it

    glued2it Master of the Pit

    Is the probe touching the bone?
  3. skipper

    skipper Fire Starter

    No, I just checked that. I now have a smoker temp of 205 and a meat temp of 151...ugh
  4. pescadero

    pescadero Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hi Skipper. . . It is Skip again!!

    Most people don't use probe thermometers for ribs. It is just too hard trying to find enough meat and deep enough meat to get good probe penetration. As Glued mentioned, your probe may be going through the meat or touching the bone or touching the rack or something like that. Regardless, I would suspect a faulty reading for some such reason.

    You didn't mention if you are using the 3-2-1 method. If so, all you need to do is monitor the ribs and follow those guidelines. After three hours in the smoker and a couple in the foil, then a final hour on the rack again, you should be good to go.

    If you are Smoking without foiling then monitor the pull back of the meat. You will eventually reach a point where the meat will begin to recede, or pull back from the ends of the bones. You are looking for between 1/4 to 1/2 inch. As you see this begin to happen, pick the ribs up in the middle with tongs. If they droop nicely, begin to crack or split and if they have the meat receding they are done or close to it. If still stiff, plop them back in for a while and check them again in another 30-45 minutes.

    There are many on the forum with more experience than me. I am sure they will be along shortly. Meanwhile just relax and keep going following this, depending upon whether yo are using 3-2-1 or not. You can't hurt anything between now and when some more advice shows up.

    Make sure you keep us posted on how this comes out.

  5. skipper

    skipper Fire Starter

    I'm going to try and bring the temp down in the smoker. I double checked the ribs with another thermo and it read the same thing.

    I'm starting to think I should just shut this down and throw em in the oven.
  6. skipper

    skipper Fire Starter

    Thanks for the advice!

    I'm now at 165 on the ribs and 220 in the smoker.
  7. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    yeah......what pesky said.........you don't use a thermo on ribs........its a trial and error type of thing.........some do the 3-2-1 method....others like 2-2-1.......its basically experience.......last time i foiled........i got a 1.5 inch pull back........but i blame that on the crappy meat i picked up....

    are these spares or bb's?

  8. skipper

    skipper Fire Starter

    Yeah, I am doing the 321 method so I guess I just wait until I get the pullback before foiling them.

    I am smoking baby backs
  9. skipper

    skipper Fire Starter

    Well folks, this looks like this isn't going to work. I can't get my temps up above 195F. I guess it's too cold and windy out.

    Damn, I just used Jeff's Rub too...[​IMG]
  10. skipper

    skipper Fire Starter

    I haven't given up yet. I'm trying to stick this out, it might take a little longer but I think I can still make it happen.

    I took out the meat probe and got the temps more stabilized.
  11. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You can try a windbreak around the smoker, that should let you get the temperature up. As many people have told you, you can;t use a therm accurately on ribs. There is no way the ribs are that high after a short period especially at that low temperature.
  12. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    When it's cold or windy a wind break is the only way to go unless you have an indoor smoker building like someone we know does [​IMG]

    I keep mine up all year round save on fuel from wind even in the summer!
  13. skipper

    skipper Fire Starter

    I probably should of thought about a windbreak when I first started. I'm going through a LOT of charcoal and wood right now.

    It's an offset and it gets going again when I open the firebox. I guess it's not getting much oxygen.
  14. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Skipper, have you got the chimney vent open all the way?
  15. skipper

    skipper Fire Starter

    No, should it be?
  16. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Absolutely! Open it all the way, open your SFB vent all the way to get your temps back up, then adjust only the SFB vent to adjust your heat. Leave the chimney all the way open...
  17. skipper

    skipper Fire Starter

    Thanks alot!

    Man, what would I do without you guys?

    *Skipper runs outside*
  18. skipper

    skipper Fire Starter

    Well, an hour later and my temps are now perfect and much easier to control. Hawg, thank you very much!

    What a learning process this is [​IMG]
  19. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It is a learning process so don't feel ashamed. We have all been there. The fun part is you have lots of people here like Phil just did to guide you through the tough parts.

    Enjoy the smoke.
  20. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Just tryin' to make the world a better place... one smoke at a time! Glad I could help! [​IMG]

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