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Old 07-22-2008, 09:37 PM   #1
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The worst cook of my life to date

My FIL and my BIL wanted a rack of ribs so I picked up a three pack of spares and some chickens.

At this point the cook was going pretty good only because I hadn't started
yet.




Ribs on the top rack and two spatchcocked chickens on the bottom rack. The temps came up very nicely. The uds ran at a solid 235 at the dome for the first three hours without a hitch.

After three hours it was time to foil the ribs.

Notice the pull back on the bones




I began to suspect that I was cooking at higher temps than my maverick was reading at the dome but I trusted my maverick. Knowing that the chicken would take at least 4 hours at these low temps I held back from probing the internal temp for another 30 min.

When I did stick a probe in, I went ahead and took them off because I thought the internal temp of the breast meat might be a little high.

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The chikcen was all but burned to a crisp. The drak meat was inedible. The breast meat was still somewhat tender.

After I took the chickens off I had trouble getting my uds to drop below 270. I changed lids to something that fit better. For the next hour the pit ran above 260. After 1-1/2 hours I uncovered the ribs from the pan and found the racks to be so falling off the bone that I had to take great care in getting them back on the pit to firm up.

After 30 more min I pulled them off. They looked ok but




But when I went to cut into them I realized that I couldn't cut them without the meat turning to mush under my knife blade.




the pictures may not do justice as to just how bad these ribs and chicken turned out.

I am so ashamed.

Reading the temps from the dome with both grates full of meat must have given me a false reading. I was probably smoking at 275-285 for the entire cook.
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Old 07-22-2008, 09:46 PM   #2
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They look a heck of a lot better than your description.
The ribs looked really lovely. Nice pull back and good coloring. I would still eat them. "-)

Ugh. Temp probes can just do you in sometimes.

Better luck next time with your cook.
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Old 07-23-2008, 05:49 AM   #3
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Cliff that happens to all of us from time to time! Still looked pretty good from here and I guarantee it was still better than any BBQ Joint around!
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Old 07-23-2008, 06:47 AM   #4
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The ribs look super dry... Maybe do the apple juice/ wolfe rub remedy to them.. works every time for me down here.... BTW wolferube citrus rocks!!!.. the chicken is cheap and can be redone for less than them ribs.. Sorry that happened Cliff.
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It sure looks good Cliff
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:50 AM   #6
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I could have lived with falling off the bone. These ribs looked like a flat tire. There was not much meat left. Spare ribs no less.

I have learned that two grates on a drum will block a lot of air movement. I am going to take temps from the grates from now on.
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Old 07-23-2008, 09:57 AM   #7
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Yep the pics looked better that what you described. Don't that mad you mad when that happens. Like Larry said it happens to all of us.
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:15 AM   #8
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Nice to have a new member in the "I screwed that cook" club. (I'm a charter member myself). I'll join the others in saying they didn't look bad in the photos.
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:39 AM   #9
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I have a catering gig on friday that will be a 150 pound pig in my offset. It's going to be full which can screw up temps. I'm a little nervous.
Your stuffed cooker results just made me more nervous.
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:56 AM   #10
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Cliff, you're being too tough on yourself. I'd have eaten
every damn bit of that while you sat in the corner moping.

I also have a love/hate relationship with my mavericks....I
really believe they have some issues.
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