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Baby Backs without Foil

edited 2:15AM in EggHead Forum
Hey Gang - Going to do Baby Backs tomorrow - have stuck to the 3/1/1.5 method, but would like to go indirect/direct without foil tomorrow. Previous attempts without foil have finished up a little drier than I would have liked, although flavor was great. Ribs will spend the nite in a beer/applejuice/rub/vinegar etc. marinade - have been reviewing all the various direct/indirect methods, but would appreciate any last minute suggestions. Thanx - ERIC


  • Car Wash MikeCar Wash Mike Posts: 11,244
    <p />E.B., I rarely use the foil method. I cook all babybacks indirect for 5 hours more or less just a little bit. About 3 hours into the cook I get the BGE up to 300 for about 10-15 minutes. After reaching this temp a open lid a few times and shut down all vents to get it back down to 250-275. I start out at 225. No complaints yet. Good luck,[p]CWM

  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,415
    I use foil maybe 2 out of 10 cooks. Mostly with spare ribs. Babybacks turn out real nice, for me, at 250 elevated over a drip pan for 4-5 hours. I flip once after 3 hours. I like them sauced, and either apply the sauce the last hour while keeping indirect, or the last 30 minutes if finishing up direct.[p]JJ and Cat's direct method is also very, very good, and you cannot go wrong that way either. 225-250 direct over the coals. Cat does em in a rib rack, and they are fab. Occasionally she will rotate them. The flavor from the fat on the coals, and the crusting from the direct heat is a unique and pleasureable experience!! Watch those temps though as you can fry them good if temps get away from you.[p]These are my favorite two methods. Your marinade sounds interesting. Enjoy!!
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  • WessBWessB Posts: 6,937
    If I`m doin em indirect I prefer Jim W`s recipe..and goin direct..JJ`s got it nailed..with all ribs everybody`s tastes are different but those are my choices..and the foil method is also very good..IMHO[p]Wess

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