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Old 07-16-2007, 04:20 PM   #1
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To Flip or Not...Ribs

When I smoke ribs I slather (with mustard or worcestershire sauce) and sprinkle rub on them. I leave them bone side down (towards the coals) the entire time. I have read where some of you flip the ribs during the smoking process...Does this help and how?

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I realize if you use a rib holder that this question isn't a concern.
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Old 07-16-2007, 04:23 PM   #2
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I'm no expert. sometimes I do sometimes I don't. when I do I only do towards the very end of the cook to "sticky" them up a bit.
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Old 07-16-2007, 04:52 PM   #3
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I flip sometimes.

I also take a close look at how the bones are doing when I do though.

It all depends.
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Old 07-16-2007, 10:20 PM   #4
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The only time i'll flip em is if i foil with a little liquid, otherwise flipping just messes up your bark
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Old 07-16-2007, 11:00 PM   #5
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Au contraire her mon chere' you have stumbled over a highly valuable nugget on truth here. Concave side always up whilst they cooking. One flip allowed on the glaze cycle. Let me guess. You from Texas right?

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Old 07-17-2007, 07:17 AM   #6
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Hah, no I am not from Texas.... I would guess someone from there would know the answer?


I'm from where everyones GOOD spuds come from.... :P
You are from Prince Edward Island????
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Old 07-17-2007, 07:38 AM   #7
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amdphreak is from a super market. Never met someone that lived in a super market. LOL
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Bone side down, I don't flip. I really do not think the meat can tell if it has been flipped or not. So, why do it.
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Old 07-17-2007, 08:13 AM   #9
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The "Bend Test" is a great way to know they are done.
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I don't flip and leave them bone side down and have removed the membrane too.
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We aint got caves in Lousiana, No con-caves either. I done em both ways I don't see no differnce.
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Old 07-17-2007, 04:51 PM   #11
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I've tried flipping twice now. Once with BBs and once with spares.
I haven't tried them bone side up through the whole cook. A few hrs. for the rub/bark to set then flipped. One thing I noticed is they get done alot quicker. I don't think I would do this at a comp. (Sorry Uncle BigWheel )
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I always flip when it gets closer to finishing, sauce them, then flip then sauce and flip to keep them moist and evenly cooked. I do not think it matters, but this is how I do it.
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Old 07-18-2007, 07:12 PM   #14
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Ok I know the answer to that one. You from Utah. Best plate of store bought soft fried tates I ever got come from Utah. They weighed about 5 lbs and cost a quarter. This back in the good old days of course. Sure they has went up since then. Prob .50 cents nowadays.

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Hah, no I am not from Texas.... I would guess someone from there would know the answer?


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I very rarely filp my ribs. Ill flip when I put the glaze on my ribs and that is about it. I also keep them bone side down for the whole cook.

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I don't sauce but I have been sauced. I don't flip either.
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Old 07-19-2007, 03:34 PM   #17
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Great point Sausageman...that door fanning makes the meat tough. Had an old Moss Back comp bbq cook reveal that tidbit many moons ago. I take it as fact. Thanks for sharing and reminding some of us.

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Whut if some fun loving drunk walks by and kicks your intakes shut? Need to get some security on that angle too. I can see somebody is going to need to hire a bbq security consultant around these parts.

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