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Cooking Ribs Flat or Vertical

TXTrikerTXTriker Posts: 1,177
edited 2:19PM in EggHead Forum
How many of you cook your ribs flat (I suppose turning them?) as opposed to cooking them on a rib rack?

And why?



  • I cook them flat because I only cook 1 to 3 racks at a time and it makes it easier to apply a sauce at the end.

  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,670
    See the below post. I have been 50/50 with the rack but spider & adj. rig are def. in my future. The rack works good but those laying flat were great.
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    Just depend on how many I'm doing, I prefer to do them flat. -RP
  • I do them both ways....the racks I did today, I began in an inverted V-rack for the first three hours, then foiled them flat for an hour, then did them on the grate flat for another hour, saucing the last 30 minutes.
  • I cook mine flat. See


    I guess I do it this way cause I can. :laugh: I normally do two or three racks. If I were to do more than four or five I would have to get imaginative with the arrangement.
  • NessmukNessmuk Posts: 251
    I have cooked them vertically/standing. But, returned to cooking them bone side down.

    I never turn them.

    At some contests, I see cooker hanging them. Back in Pellsylvania, we hung our hams to smoke them. We used sassafrass & smoked them for a week or 2 without the aid of a thermometer.

    Like most BBQ cooking...there is no one best way. My immediate family dictates how I cook & what seasoning I use.
  • Beanie-BeanBeanie-Bean Posts: 3,092
    I cook them flat--check out my post three down from yours.
  • It depends on the number of racks. More than 3 I use a vertical rack.
  • Angie2BAngie2B Posts: 543
    With my MED, I use a rib rack. With my mini, I roll them. ;)
  • Cook em flat - I guess because I can. Have done 6 at a time but think I could do 12 on the flat on the XL if I needed to. Have cooked them with homemade extension and with fire brick extension. Prefer fire brick set up - ease of set up and take down.


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