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One wierd rib cook ...

PigassoPigasso Posts: 111
edited 11:49PM in EggHead Forum
Well, I have been cooking ribs on the egg for a long time and never had a failure .... until yesterday. My usual cook goes like this - indirect set up, preheat egg to 250. coat ribs with yellow mustard then dry rub, place ribs in rack, place rack on grid in egg. Cook 2 1/2 hours, turn ribs "end to end" cook 2 1/2 hours more. Eat. [p]Yesterday I was greeted with BURNED RIBS! Yup - all six racks. The TruTel registered 250 throughout the cook as did the Guru. I burned alot more lump than I had thought I would, and the remenants looked like a volcano shape. Lump was over the height of the firebox and there was only a small amount left around the edges. I was using Picnic lump. [p]Dazed and confused ..... [p]Whaddyathink? [p]I plan to cook prime rib on Thursday (that magic 250 degree mark once again) and would hate another disaster![p]


  • Pigasso,[p]I think the first thing I would do is test your dome thermometer in boiling water. Sounds like you have a temp. problem.

  • Pigasso, I use picnic lump a lot and to burn nearly a full firebox for a 5 hour cook seems unusual. I'd consider if the guru and TruTel probes were influenced by the six racks or ribs...given false low temps on the devices. Just a thought..Tom
  • Pigasso,[p]I had something similar happen yesterday. I've never before had a bad batch of ribs and I've cooked them 2-3 times a month on the BGE for the last 6 or so months. I bought great looking beef ribs and actually tried to under-cook them a just a little bit. They weren't charred, but they were way over cooked. [p]I can't explain it... I've done the same low and slow method with the exact same style and source of ribs and they were wonderful. Was something in the air? Full moon (yes, or nearly...)??? I didn't think to check the lump afterwards, so can tell you anything other than it was Royal Oak and nothing seemed wierd about the cook. They even looked great, just over done.[p]Land of Maddi

  • MadDogMoore,[p]I'm thinking perhaps its Global Warming?

  • tach18ktach18k Posts: 1,607
    using that much lump wasnt right, 5 hours at 250 should not have burned much, maybe at best 1/3 of all new lump. But at 2 1/2 hours it would have shown signs of over temp. Were these 6 whole racks or 3 cut in half.

  • PigassoPigasso Posts: 111
    tach18k, these were whole racks - and both thermometers were calibrated prior to the cook!

  • egretegret Posts: 4,107
    Is it possible your guru is malfunctioning? The only thing I can figure on this is the fan is staying on continually, or too long, and your TruTel may have been reading 250 because you had it too close to the ribs. Kind of like a dual problem.

  • PorkchopPorkchop Posts: 155
    without having heard/seen more, i'd have to agree with you. could it be that, at some point, the thermometer probe was touching or resting against the meat?[p]i have a general idea of what 250 "feels" like on my hands, etc, when i reach into that cooker. i wonder if it felt hotter that the 250 the thermo was registering, and if something was keeping the already-calibrated thermo from doing its job.
  • Pigasso,[p]Even though I don't have an egg yet, I have had a similar problem on my WSM with my Guru & ET-73. The folks at BBQ Guru helped me with the problem which was the probes were being influenced by the meat. [p]Randy

  • MadDogMoore,
    No, I think it's because the Communists are up to their old tricks again. [p]Spring "Keep'n A Good Eye On 'em" Chicken
    Spring Texas USA

  • Spring Chicken,[p]Are you suggeting they fried my rib's with their satellite imagery?[p]Land of Maddi
  • MadDogMoore,
    Could be... They've done it to me a couple of times. Had to be them because I eliminated all other possibilities. [p]Spring "Head Chicken Intelligence Agency" Chicken

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