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Ribs not directly on grate on cooking shows..??

I have been watching Destination America's week long tribute to BBQing and i have noticed that a lot of the teams on there do not put their ribs directly on the grate? They put them on what looks like a small horizontal wire rack, then they put the rack on the grate. The ribs are elevated maybe an inch at most. The rack looks similar to what my wife uses to cool down hot cookies when they come out of the oven, but smaller.
Anyone use this type of rack? Benefits? Thought i would ask the pros....
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  • rholtrholt Posts: 380
    No idea. I am sure it has to do with presentation as I see no reason why it would aid in the cooking process if they are using an offset type smoker.
  • SteveWPBFLSteveWPBFL Posts: 1,309
    Easier to handle? Rotate? Turn? Etc.?
  • TurtleCreekTurtleCreek Posts: 140
    I saw the same thing.  I assumed it was used for easily placing/sliding the ribs in various places through out the cooker.  If there seemed to be a hot spot, or go to foil them, then they could slide the rack over easily without shredding/ripping the meat away from the bone or grate itself.  It may just help give a clean presentation to the judge like rholt said. 
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