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Rain or stall?

njlnjl Posts: 853
edited May 2012 in EggHead Forum
I put some spare ribs on about 2 hours ago (indirect).  It started raining on the egg maybe 30 minutes ago.  Have the ribs reached the stall...or is the rain messing with me?
12:30pm 55F IT, 244F grid
1:20pm  147F IT, 253F grid
1:45pm  156F IT, 252F grid
2:02pm  158F IT, 252F grid
2:40pm  153F IT, 223F grid

I know there's a good chance the meat probe placement wasn't great (too close to a bone), but I figure monitoring it is better than not...and they just may not be done when the probe temp indicates they should be.

Is it normal for rain to cool the inside of the egg?  I put my improvised rain cap on it after the rain started...but I wonder do I need to increase the air flow?


  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 9,360

    BGE has no issues with rain or snow or cold for that matter-the ceramics will ensure the inside temp is not impacted by outside weather.  Now with regard to measuring temps with ribs-it is a crap-shoot at best as you note.  Use the bend test for doneness and with BB's that is somewhere around 3.5-5 hrs and you can add about an hour for spares.  Enjoy the end results.

    Louisville;  L & S BGEs 
    Pit Barrel Cooker
  • misumisu Posts: 213
    If the egg dome temp is stable I would say leave it alone
  • njlnjl Posts: 853
    The rain stopped.  I opened the daisy wheel petals a bit more, and grid temp is up, but meat temp is still falling.

    3:05pm  147F IT, 241F grid

    BTW, a foiled ear of corn at these temps took 2 hours to seem done.  Tastes great...but I don't think it would have tasted any different if we'd just boiled it, and it would have been done in far less time.
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    Ignore rib temps. Too fickle to get an accurate temp.
    When they bend, they're done
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • njlnjl Posts: 853
    Even with full St. Luis cut spares that have been cut in half to fit them in the egg?

    I just went out to check on them, and some of the smaller ones probed in multiple places were in the low I just applied some sauce and am hoping they're about done.
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