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First Ribs

Cornbread WillyCornbread Willy Posts: 103
edited 5:48AM in EggHead Forum
Made my first batch of 3-1-1 ribs yesterday (3 racks). They were so good they made me want to stand up and slap my mama (which I didn't do, of course)! Seriously, they were absolutely awesome - wish some were left over for breakfast. Anyway, since I don't have all my accessories yet, I rigged a second level with a grid and some beer cans over my drip pan and was able to indirect the 6 half racks on that. My question is this - how many racks are reasonably possible to do on a large BGE? I was using a vertical rack to place the ribs thru the first 2 stages, but I feel like I would have been hard-pressed to fit any more. Any suggestions or should I just quit inviting people over and hoard the ribs for my own enjoyment? Thanks!


  • Cornbread Willy,[p]There can be confusion over the term "rack." I buy pork back ribs from Sam's Club, where they come vacuum packed, with three "racks" to the package. I cooked six of these racks on my large BGE this weekend, using a two level setup, and could have easily fit another two or three racks.
  • BordelloBordello Posts: 5,926
    Mister J,
    Did you cook em direct or????? I have one slab of spares to cook.
    New Bob

  • JSlotJSlot Posts: 1,218
    Cornbread Willy,[p]I believe what Mr. J is talking about are baby back ribs. I don't do 'em so I can't give you an idea on quantity. However, if you are doing spare ribs, I can be of service. I also buy my spareribs at Sam's and they usually come the same way with three slabs to a package. I cut them in half which gives me six half slabs. Five of these fit vertically in my rack with the extra one leaning against the side of the others. BTW, I cut the chine portion everything below the knuckle) off of the ribs and cook that separately. I routinely feed 10 people with that amount and usually have leftovers. When feeding more, I just do two batches in a row. One extra tip- when buying ribs at Sam's, ask someone in the meat department for the case price on the ribs. It is usually 20%-30% cheaper than buying individual packages. Enjoy!!!![p]Keep the smoke risin',

  • New Bob,[p]Yes, I cooked them indirect. I had to improvise - I had a bunch of people coming over, and a bunch of ribs to cook, and at first I didn't know how I was going to fit them all on the egg.[p]I took out the fire ring and put an inverted plate setter on top of it. I put the grate on top of the inverted plate setter, and put an inverted "V" rack on top of the grate. I loaded up the "V" rack with ribs.[p]Then (and this part will be kind of hard to explain without a picture) I attached a grill extender (or whatever the thing is called - it is just another grate on legs) to the inverted V rack by wedging the legs of the grill extender into the ends of the inverted V rack.[p]On top of the grill extender, I put a rib rack, and filled it with ribs.[p]Only thing to be careful about is to not put too much lump in the firebox, because if it is too close to the plate setter it won't burn well.[p]I'm sure there are others here who have much better setups/advice, but this is the best I could come up with in a panic, and the ribs turned out great.

  • BordelloBordello Posts: 5,926
    Mister J,
    Your very creative, there is just no end to what eggers will come up with. How long did the ribs take to cook???
    New Bob

  • New Bob,[p]I cooked them about 3.5 - 4.0 hours at 250. I used Cat's rub, which I have used several times in the past. Tasty.
  • Cornbread Willy,
    Those beer cans were EMPTY, I hope ???!!!!

  • rumrunner,
    ...safely drained by me the evening before while egging a turkey breast...

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