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Plate setter ?? - too hot in open space?

Hello all.  I got my LBGE about 2 months ago and have been using it regularly with good success.  I've done baby backs a couple times with mixed results.  Most recently, I did 2 racks flat on the grill (indirect cook, legs up, 225ish, 2-1-1) and both ended up scorched along the bone side of the ribs.

Im looking into calibrating my thermometers, and some rib racks, but I was also curious if I should be only be cooking directly above the plate setter, and avoiding the open spots, or if  I should be able to cook everywhere along the surface with the about the same results?  I've seen photos of LBGEs completely stuffed with ribs, so I dont know why my 2 racks would have had so much trouble.

Thank you!


  • AlbertaEggerAlbertaEgger Posts: 1,121
    Im no expert here, but i would say yes, you want to cook over the plate setter while cooking indirect. You are going to get a lot of heat coming up around in the open spots and these spots will cook, or scorch a lot quicker. If you have some ribs that are over hanging, I think moving your drip pan to cover some of the exposed areas will help this issue. Anything overhanging will just be cooked as direct. Hope that helped.
    County of Parkland, Alberta, Canada
  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 8,590
    edited April 2013
    In my opinion, it is best to cook in the "shadow" of the plate setter for indirect cooks so that everything cooks consistently.  I have seen those pics where the egg is stuffed with ribs...I can only assume that the ribs hanging over the plate setter were much more cooked ;)

    I usually cut the slabs of ribs in half and try to keep then over the setter.  Most rib racks have 6 slots so you can cook 3 full slabs no problem. 

    Like @AlbertaEgger said- you can use a drip pan or simply foil to help protect the ribs. 


    One of those slabs was huge...even cut in half it was hanging over so I used foil to protect it. 

    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

  • AlbertaEggerAlbertaEgger Posts: 1,121

    Ribs, indirect, and I used the open areas to get the spuds cooked near the end, direct"ish".


    County of Parkland, Alberta, Canada
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,574
    if the ribs hang over the ps just put some hdaf under the ends... shiny side down. I like the rack tuck.. will try this
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • SmokinDAWG82SmokinDAWG82 Posts: 1,704
    I just did 4 racks so the two on the outside hung over in to the direct heat, I just rotated them every 30 minutes with the other 2. Usually I just cook 2 racks at a time so its not a problem to keep them over the PS
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    225 degrees --2-1-1 and they were "scorched"  --  i think your temperature stats are way off...
  • 225 degrees --2-1-1 and they were "scorched"  --  i think your temperature stats are way off...
    I think they are too.  I was somewhat less attentive on that last hour than I should have been d/t a successful rib cook earlier in the week. 

    @SmokeyPitt I like those skewers in there.  I should have thought of that myself.


    Thanks everyone

  • ericdcericdc Posts: 30
    cooked these spares over plate setter at 250 for 5 hours, should have pulled them a little earlier than I did, but I will next time. these were flipped once. no foil no basting. just a lot of memphis dry rub.image
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