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When Are Ribs Done?

edited 8:36AM in EggHead Forum
I'm doing two racks of BBs as we speak and they're humming along at 235 indirect. One rack has mustard and JJ's; the other just kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper.[p]My question is, how do I know when they're done? I flipped them after one hour and they were pretty darn brown already. I have a polder so I suppose I could find enough meat to stick it in.[p]I was timing my cook based on the lower temps but it looks as though dinner may be a bit early.[p]Whatever the outcome, they sure smell great![p]Thanks!


  • SundownSundown Posts: 2,970
    Skwerl X,[p]Should take 3.5 - 4 hours but the best way to tell is when the meat has pulled back 3/4" from the thin end of the ribs. Usually a good indicator.

  • JJJJ Posts: 951
    Skwerl X,
    Test with a fork after about 3-3.5 hrs. Fork should go in easy with very little resistance. Two tine fork is best to use.

  • SpinSpin Posts: 1,375
    Skwerl X,[p]The ribs will always look great long before they are done. I prefer to give a twist on a bone to get the feel for how the meat is grabbing the bone. When you think you could twist the bone free, they are ready to eat. The cook should last 3-4 hours.[p]Spin
  • char buddychar buddy Posts: 562
    Skwerl X,
    If you've got a very thin insta-read thermometer, here's some target numbers I use. If I want'em tight to the bone, I pull'em at 170-180. If I want'em to fall off the bone, I take'em to 190-200.[p]Cb[p]

  • char buddy,
    I did poke the polder in there at the three hour mark and they were right at 200. I slapped some sauce on them and opened up the vents to let it cook in some.[p]They were awesome <patting self on back>

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