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4th of July Cookout--need a little advice!

doubleapexdoubleapex Posts: 61
edited 5:34PM in EggHead Forum
First off, I'm working with a large egg, a plate setter, and the V rack.

I have 8 racks of ribs to cook. 4 spare, st louis style and 4 baby backs.

A few questions,

Will cooking times be different for babybacks vs spares?

Should I still foil each individual rack 3 to 4 hours in to the cook?

If I want to serve around 1pm, should I get the grill going about 6am--and have the ribs on by 7?

Any other advice/suggestions are appreciated.

Hope everyone has a great 4th!


  • WessBWessB Posts: 6,937
    spares "typically" take a little longer than BB...foiling is a personal prefernce and if it were mine I would foil....your times sound like they will work just fine...Enjoy..
  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    When I'm using a foil step my baby backs are more predictable, and I foil them after 3 hours. For the St Louis cut, I eyeball them at 4 hours and often they will need 5 hours before going to the foil.

    My favorite foil time for baby back ribs is 45 minutes with a 15 to 20 minute rest. I foil St Louis ribs at least an hour, then peek and test tenderness with a toothpick. some racks will take 1-1/2 hours to steam tender. I rest them too.

    I agree with you on wrapping individually, and I put the meat side down on a base of at least 2 of the following: brown sugar/honey/sauce/Parkay, then add some liquid like apple juice before sealing the last fold.


    Have your double layer foils all ready and stacked on the counter and have your juice warmed. This way the ribs won't cool off too much while you're doing the prep. I do my foil step in a 250°-260° oven. Once they are foiled, the ribs don't care where they are.


    They will look just like this coming out of the foil. You may be okay with this presentation, or you can go back on the cooker to set them up a little. Oh, and be sure to save all the foil juices. They can be served as a table sauce or mixed into a store bought sauce for more flavor.



    The rack on the left was foil finished only, the one on the right went back on the cooker for 15 or 20 minutes.

    Happy Trails

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
  • doubleapexdoubleapex Posts: 61
    thanks for the great info. If Spares will take 4 hours before the foil, should I put them on for an hour first...and then throw the BB's with them, so they all are ready for foiling, and then serving at the same time?
  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    I would offset the time by at least an hour.
    Happy Trails

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
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