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Old 11-17-2011, 06:02 PM   #1
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WSM temperature issues, ribs are on now, help please.

For this cook I used the minion method with putting the lit charcoal in the middle surrounded by unlit charcoal. The new therm in the WSM lid is reading about 215, the digital I have with the probe in a potato sitting on the grate with the ribs is reading 270. Which one do I believe, or should I figure out the difference tween the two and shoot for the middle? Thanks in advance guys....
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:27 PM   #2
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Re: WSM temperature issues, ribs are on now, help please.

They both could be correct. Your grate is closer to the fire. As the cooking time progresses, they should come together closer. The one closest to the ribs probably gives you a better indication of what it is like where the ribs are.

Having said all of that, while 215 is (in my opinion) a little low for cooking ribs, if you ask what temperature to use for cooking ribs, you'll most likely get a temperature spread greater then what you are seing between your thermometers.

Did I confuse you? Sorry.

You are doing OK. Sounds like you'll have some great ribs. Remember what they say around here about pictures...

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Old 11-17-2011, 06:33 PM   #3
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Re: WSM temperature issues, ribs are on now, help please.

thank you no you did not confuse me, I understand what you are saying, I just didn't figure there would be that big a difference from the grate to the themr in the lid. I already decided to watch the digital one since it is right next to the ribs. right now it is holding around 235-240. good temp I presume? Oh and there will be pictures just as there was wed night with my chicken I smoked......Thank you for the quick response!!
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Re: WSM temperature issues, ribs are on now, help please.

Lot of good reasons for the temp differential. Lay aside all those fancy gauges and lay the palm of your hand on the lid and start counting by Missippiis till you get a sudden urge to move your hand. If you can get to three or four missisippiis thats about right for ribs. If it drops below four its time to shake the firepan and add some fuel maybe. If it gets in the one or two range its time to grill steaks.
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Re: WSM temperature issues, ribs are on now, help please.

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Lot of good reasons for the temp differential. Lay aside all those fancy gauges and lay the palm of your hand on the lid and start counting by Missippiis till you get a sudden urge to move your hand. If you can get to three or four missisippiis thats about right for ribs. If it drops below four its time to shake the firepan and add some fuel maybe. If it gets in the one or two range its time to grill steaks.
I can get almost a 4 count. Digital therm still reads 267. All 3 bottom vents are closed. Am I still doing ok? Maybe I had too much lit fuel in the center to begin with? around 25 briquettes. Was this too many?
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:52 PM   #6
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Re: WSM temperature issues, ribs are on now, help please.

Sounds pretty good to me. WSMs tend to run a little hot the first few cooks until the smoke buildup gets rid of the gloss inside. BW is right--a lot of us tend to obsess over the temps like 5º is going to ruin everything.

You only need 8 or 9 fully lit (gray all over) briquettes for a successful MM.
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:16 AM   #7
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Re: WSM temperature issues, ribs are on now, help please.

Ok... so I thought dome temps should be higher then grate temps.. Ya know.. that ole heat rising thing..Sounds like you need to boil some water and calibrate your thermometers..
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Re: WSM temperature issues, ribs are on now, help please.

Dome temps should be higher than grate temps...Did you put each therm in boiling water to see if they read 212* before doing the cook?
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Re: WSM temperature issues, ribs are on now, help please.

Dome temps and grate temp usually will equalize or get pretty close to each other after a while as long as you don't open the lid. No sure on a WSM but on a UDS the area along the walls is hotter than it is toward the middle to. Don't obsess over temps just make sure your cooking at a safe temp. Its BBQ not rocket science, enjoy yourself and have another beer, everything will turn out fine.
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Amen V!
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