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Ribs: 3-1-1 vs. 6 hours in a rack

edited 6:51PM in EggHead Forum
I've been using the 3-1-1 method lately for baby backs and spare ribs - used the 4-6 hour on a rack method before that. Both methods have given me decent smoke penetration and moisture retention but I'm still trying to get that nice rich sticky mouthfeel and glaze to the ribs. I use a brown sugar-base rub. Have even spritzed the ribs with apple juice and used honey during the foil wrap during the 3-1-1 method to no avail. The ribs, though they still taste pretty good, have a flat, matte-like finish to them.[p]Any suggestions?


  • Car Wash MikeCar Wash Mike Posts: 11,244
    <p />Dr Jeff,
    If you use a sugar base bbq sauce. Make sure it is cold before you baste. Just sticks better.[p]Mike

  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,435
    <p />Dr Jeff,
    A sauce will bring a glaze to my ribs. Not as good looking as CWM's ribs....but I'm learning.

  • icemncmthicemncmth Posts: 1,157
    <p />Dr Jeff,[p]I do 5+ hours...after that I pick them up to see if they want to break or come apart.[p]I make my own sauce and it has brown it..I kind of watch the cooking time and when I think I am 30 mins out I start adding sauce..and keep an eye on them to make sure the sauce doesn't burn..[p]They look wet but if you touched them they would probably stick to your hand..!
  • dhuffjrdhuffjr Posts: 3,182
    Car Wash Mike,
    and very good advice that is. BluesHog becomes like very very thick glue and sticky.[p]I did a 2+1.5+30 minute cook tonight. Cooked up some ribs for our friends who has a son in the hospital. There was a ton of chicken there when I got there. Mike said I'll try a couple......then I think I'll have a couple more :>)[p]I ended up getting sent home with a dozen donuts and some of the chicken.....he had plans for those ribs LOL.

  • dhuffjrdhuffjr Posts: 3,182
    I had some help tonight saucing the ribs.

  • SneezixSneezix Posts: 40
    dhuffjr,[p]No time to mow today, either?[p]:-D[p]Sneezix[p]P.S. Those ribs look really good!
  • dhuffjrdhuffjr Posts: 3,182
    If I cut grass on a Sunday there is some serious kink in my schedule.[p]Not good for the preacher to be cutting grass on Sunday.

  • icemncmth,[p]Is that sauce recipe something you can post?[p]THANKS![p]Rob
  • icemncmthicemncmth Posts: 1,157
    Yeyi Bob,[p]I sent you an email..
  • cbscbs Posts: 99
    Dr Jeff,[p]Following a Dr BBQ recommendation, I mix some honey into my favorite sauce and apply the sauce during the last hour. Very good if you're looking for sticky ribs.

  • Car Wash MikeCar Wash Mike Posts: 11,244
    Get those youngsters started early. Nice job.
    With the kids and the ribs.[p]Mike

  • Car Wash MikeCar Wash Mike Posts: 11,244
    I think you have a short learning curve. Those look great![p]Mike

  • dhuffjrdhuffjr Posts: 3,182
    In case your following...... I cut it today :>)[p]H

  • SneezixSneezix Posts: 40
    dhuffjr,[p]Yay! I cut mine last night. May means a 4-day cut for me.[p]Sneezix
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