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Babyback Ribs Too Tender

We did some babyback ribs today and they turned out way too tender. When trying to cut them; the bones just slipped out. We ended up chopping it. Tasty but way too tender.

We did a 3-2-1 at 225 degrees with plate setter. We use a temp controller so the temp never deviated by more than a few degrees.

Should we have done a 3-1-2 to minimize steaming effect?

Any and all suggestions are appreciated!!
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  • 3-1-1 is the way I like to do my babybacks.
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  • What temp do you do 3-1-1?
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    Hook'em Horns!!

    2013 Medium BGE
    2013 Mini BGE
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  • same, anywhere from 225-250.  The foiling in the middle of the cook is what makes them extra tender, so cutting down the time there will solve your problem.
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  • Thanks!!

    Like them tender but not fall off the bone tender.
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    Hook'em Horns!!

    2013 Medium BGE
    2013 Mini BGE
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  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 2,611
    I do 3-1-1 at 250 they turn out great
                                                                        
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  • TEggSunTEggSun Posts: 214
    I have done 3-1-1 at 250 and they always turn out great.  Very tender, no pull, but they stay on the bone.  Last week, I tried a 2-1-2 and loved the result.  Same tenderness, but had a much better bark.  Certainly, they weren't quite as juicy, but that smoke flavor was the best ever.
    Transplanted from Austin, Texas to Medina, Ohio

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,020
    Adjust your times.  I don't foil, but every hour of foil is equivalent to 2 hours of non-foil roasting.
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  • Thanks all!!

    When non foiling. Do you go 4 hours at 225?
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    2013 Medium BGE
    2013 Mini BGE
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  • TEggSunTEggSun Posts: 214
    In my experience, that is not long enough to get them tender.  If you don't want to wrap them, I would think you'd need at least 6 hours at 225.  I'm just guessing though, because I have never tried completely unwrapped baby backs.  One hour wrapped is the least I have done.
    Transplanted from Austin, Texas to Medina, Ohio

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  • MaC122MaC122 Posts: 281
    baby backs usually go well with the 2-2-1. Spare ribs 3-2-1
    St. Johns County, Florida
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  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 2,285
    edited August 2013
    I've never wrapped babybacks when I've done them.  Straight on the rack for approximately 5-6 hours at 250.  I'll check for the bend test and start saucing a slab for my kids around the 4 hour mark or so.  Always turn out perfect.
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  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 2,611
    IMHO 225 is too low for ribs.
                                                                        
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  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,340
    Skip the foil. 
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
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  • KennyLeeKennyLee Posts: 675
    As others have mentioned, you can either go down to one hour of foil or skip it altogether.  The thing about the Egg I have found versus other cookers/smokers is that it is superior at holding the moisture in the cooker and hence the meat.  Therefore either no foiling or minimal (no more than an hour) works great.

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  • td66snrftd66snrf Posts: 770

    A few weeks ago I was doing baby backs and my wife and daughters were gone longer than I was expecting. They ended up being pull pork with bones in it. My youngest dubbed them Pulled pork on a stick! Maybe you'll see them at the fair someday.

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