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Old 06-05-2010, 12:08 PM   #1
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Smoking pork ribs help needed.

i'm going to fire up the smoker tomorrow and try my first attempt at pork ribs.

i tried babybacks in the smoker a while ago employing the 3-2-1 method, and they were terrible. tough, no smoke ring, chewy, etc..

so, this time i bought 2 untrimmed whole racks of ribs hoping i'll do better this time.

my plan is to wrap them with a rub of brown sugar, salt, paprika, garlic powder, dried thyme and parsley, cumin, and dry mustard tonight and into the fridge they'll await their fate.

so, now what do i do? should i trim them first? are there any good pics or video on the web on how to do this?

at what temp should they be cooked? i'll be using a mix of hickory and apple woods for the smoke.

should i baste them while cooking? how often? i was thinking of using apple juice in a spray bottle.

near completion, i'm going to slather one rack in kraft bbq sauce, and one in sweet baby rays to see which one we prefer.

any help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-05-2010, 12:15 PM   #2
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BT, when I'm trying to decide how to do something related to BBQ I think about what they do in the competitions on TV. All I ever see for ribs is to rub them and toss them in the smoker. No wrapping/unwrapping.

The normal temp for ribs is usually around 225F. If they're in the smoker long enough, they should be tender and FOTB.
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Old 06-05-2010, 12:42 PM   #3
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how to smoke pork ribs - Google Search
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Old 06-05-2010, 12:59 PM   #4
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what's this google thing you did, wyogal? that's amazing!


lol, j/k.

i actually used your search and went to the "how to heroes" videos. i watched 2 videos and within the first 2 segments they had conflicting info. so you have to wade though a lot.

i'm off to search the database here, and hope for tnt experiences and more exact info.

and thanks andy. i think my first step will be what you suggested, just to rub the meat and put on the smoker, and let 'em go. no gimmickery.
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Old 06-05-2010, 01:18 PM   #5
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Sounds like you have things well in hand already. Save me a bite!
Here's a great site. Have tried a few of the rubs. They were fantastic
The Smoke Ring- All you need to know about barbecue

This one I try and stay away from. Every time I have a look it makes me hungry.
Indirect Grilling Barbecue Recipes for Hot Smoking Chicken Turkey Pork Lamb Beef and Fish Love the poultry recipes they have graciously provided. I'm trying the " Highway Chicken" tonight. Should be pretty good.

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Old 06-05-2010, 01:26 PM   #6
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thanks, munky. i'll go to the smoke ring now.

great username, btw.

you know, when i saw their cookbook, it reminded me that i should go check my own books at home. i guess i'm so used to searching everything on the internet that i forgot i have actual referneces in book form, lol.
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Old 06-05-2010, 03:06 PM   #7
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ok, now i'm confused. i've read that ribs should be smoked at 220 to 230 degrees, but other sites say 300 to 325...
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I've neve heard of any smoked item being done at a temp as high as 300F.
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Old 06-05-2010, 03:19 PM   #9
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this recipe that i was thinking of making: Honey Mustard Spareribs Barbecue Recipe by Hot Smoke BBQ

says 300 to 350 for 2.5 hours.
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What are you cooking on BT?
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