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Cut-up the ribs before smoking???

edited 10:14AM in EggHead Forum
This topic came up before, a number of months ago, but I thought I'd raise it again, to see if anyone new had any input. I like my barbecue to be a bit "crusty" on the outside, but the ribs I've cooked on my BGE have always been very moist, even on the exterior. I attribute this to the ceramic construction of the egg. I'm wondering if I'd have better luck by cutting the ribs into smaller pieces before cooking them on the egg...any feedback on this? I'll try it this weekend, and let you know what happens....as others have said before, "Even if it's a mistake, it still tastes good!"

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  • JJJJ Posts: 951
    Patrick in Minnesota,
    Are you cooking the ribs direct or using the indirect method? What dome temp are you using? What is the length of time for the cook? Are you using a rub? Give us more details and a solution will be soon forth coming

  • JJ, I use a rub, cook indirect(using a couple square ceramic tiles), use a dome temp of about 200-230; Last time I made them, I cooked them for 5-6 hours. They were VERY tender and delicious...it's just that they didn't have a crusty exterior...the rub coating was sort of paste-like and gooey. Also, I cook on a MEDIUM size BGE, if that makes any difference.

  • GfwGfw Posts: 1,598
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    <p />Patrick in Minnesota, you might try cooking the last 45 minutes to 1 hour over direct heat... turning occassionally. When I do pork ribs I remove the bottom firebricks (using gloves) and let the heat hit the ribs.[p]In the picture you'll see all 4 firebricks standing on edge - the picture is from the "Memphis Style" link on my site. Produces a nice outside finish. Good luck!

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  • JJJJ Posts: 951
    Patrick in Minnesota,
    The rub is no problem. Using the indirect method will not produce the crusty surface you a re looking for. Do them using the direct method dome temp about 220-250*turning every 45 min for 3.5 to 4 hrs. You can check for doneness by eith penetrating with a fork to see if it slides out easy or by liftinjg the slab with tongs and see if the bend easily. Cutting them into individual pieces is not necessary. Check the recipe section under ribs direct method.

  • Char-WoodyChar-Woody Posts: 2,642
    Patrick in Minnesota, I kinda agree with JJ, and I really hate to do that cause it kinda gives him that superior look. :-) You might try direct and also apply Cats "no top's" technique as it will give you a drier interior cook. Nice thing about ribs..some like em moist, some a bit drier and substitute side sauces. The more salt that is applied in the rub or direct with ground fresh pepper will also tend to dry out the meat and add a crust. Only my opinion, and I been wrong before..just try and prove it tho..heeeeee. ooops!! C~W
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  • J AppledogJ Appledog Posts: 1,046
    Patrick in Minnesota,
    I sure hate to disagree with the big dogs, but I cook them indirect between 325 & 350 with a rub that contains a lot of brown or maple sugar and always get a nice crust. JCA

  • JJJJ Posts: 951
    J Appledog,
    Would I expect anything different from my sister in the north. Cold weather does funny things to people. I keep telling her to move South to protect herself. Hehe

  • JJJJ Posts: 951
    JJ,
    Mom always worried about her staying in the frozen tundra. hehe

  • JJJJ Posts: 951
    JJ,
    Mom always worried about her staying in the frozen tundra. hehe

  • J AppledogJ Appledog Posts: 1,046
    JJ,
    more like.sentenced to the frozen north.... J

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