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Rib Troubles

llrickmanllrickman Posts: 585
edited 12:52PM in EggHead Forum
Ok, I made babybacks from sams last night , rubbed them with butt rub wrapped and put in the fridge

Cooked on the egg for about 4hrs at about 250 indirect

They were delicious , tasty , yummmy nice bark on them but were not fall off the bone tender . I was a little scared to leave them on longer as parts were getting quite done.

any suggestions would be appreciated
Digi Q
green Thermapen

Albuquerque, NM


  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    Need to do the 3-1-1 method. 3 hours indirect, 1 hour foiled with honey, brown sugar and apple juice, then the last hour unfoiled, indirect with your sauce. Works perfect.
  • Next time try the 3-1-1 method, 3 hours on the grill, bone side down, 1 hour in foil with liquid meat side down, then finish for the last hour on the grill
  • i'm no expert but 3-1-1 gives me the results you are looking for. i go simple and foil them in a tin pan with enough beer to cover the bottom. good luck.
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    Most likely they weren't cooked long enough to get tender. Baby backs indirect at 250* usually take 5-6 hours, sometimes longer. If you had unusually small slabs of ribs then maybe they would cook faster.
  • llrickmanllrickman Posts: 585
    These were big racks im sure thats where my problem is I'll try 3-1-1 next time
    One LBGE
    Digi Q
    green Thermapen

    Albuquerque, NM
  • BayouMarkBayouMark Posts: 284
    I like to do mine at 250 indirect with a platesetter for 3 hours, then foil in a metal pan with a little juice or adult beverage for another hr. Be careful on the liquid--no more than 1/4-1/2 cup. Sam's ribs, butts, and brisketts are great for a big box store. If you have a specialty meat purveyor you are in even taller cotton ;)
  • I fought the same problem for two years before I figured it out. I never had any success with 3-1-1, and cooking them longer never wrked for me either. I've recently started doing a modified version of 311, but I like to smoke them for an hour or so, then bake them covered in an aluminum pan for 2-3 hrs with a little liquid, then finishing direct adding sauce at the end. Same thought process as 311, just different timing I guess. Someone above also mentioned adding honey--very tasty.
  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    Carwash Mike (CWM) has probably cooked more ribs than anyone I know. His "Baby Back Rib Class" is at the link below. I have cooked Sam's baby backs following his method to the letter and both times the ribs were the best ever!

    "CWM Rib Class"
  • GrumpsGrumps Posts: 182
    Don't give up on your method. More than likely you just did not cook long enough. I cook babybacks for 5 hours at 250 and spares for 5 hours at great. If they do not start to fall apart when you pick them up in the middle with tongs then they are not not done. Personally, I do not see the point of pulling my ribs off after 3 hours and then wrapping them in foil and then unwrapping them later. Seems like extra work for little ribs could not be more tender and still have a bone to hold on to. Just cook longer next time and you'll love them!
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