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Old 04-07-2008, 06:40 PM   #1
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Are you cooking side ribs or back ribs? Side ribs tend to take a little longer.

Personally I cook mine at closer to 250°F and have not noticed any adverse effects. I don't foil mine either, but that just personal preference.

When checking your ribs look for the meat sliding up the bones, that's your first indication they're nearing completion.

Some use a bend test. Using tongs, pick a rack up in the middle of the rack. If the meat bends and tears away from the middle bones, you're almost done as well.

You can try pulling on a couple of center bones as well, if the meat tears fairly easily you're good to go.

My timing usually goes something like:

Back ribs 4ish hours.
Side ribs 4-5ish hours.

These are guidelines only, experience is your best bet.
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Old 04-07-2008, 07:41 PM   #2
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It really comes down to look and feel of the ribs. Wind, outside temps, rain, fuel choice can all mess with your timing.

These guys could have used a little more time in the cooker (an early effort).


These guys got pulled a little late (I was enjoying a few pops and time escaped me).
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:38 PM   #3
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If you do spare ribs it will take you about 6 hours. I do spare 4 hours in the smoke, 45 minutes in the foil, and the next 1:15 hours back in the smoke to firm them up. Sometimes they take a little longer. I also glaze with Texas Pineapple Pepper Jelly (or some type of BBQ sauce) the last 20 minutes.

Here are a few different cooks. I do love ribs probably more than any other BBQ.








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Old 04-08-2008, 08:13 PM   #4
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Welcome CJ.
Please...get rid of the dreaded foil.
You won't regret it.
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Old 04-09-2008, 03:21 AM   #5
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Did some baby backs last week ..5 hours, no foil at around 225 to 240
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