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A little help - beef ribs

dinosaurjnrdinosaurjnr Posts: 11
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Cooking two 6 lbs beef rib slabs, only be on for 4.5 hours already probing at 190-200 and look done. Is that possible? I expected a 6-7 hour cook if not longer. Appreciate the help. Also this was for dinner, do I just wrap and put in a cooler for a few hours? Thanks. 


  • dinosaurjnrdinosaurjnr Posts: 11
    edited May 6
    Dome temp was 275 +/-, grate usually run about 30-40 lower for me. 
  • etherdomeetherdome Posts: 308
    I did two yesterday that took 5 1/2 to 6 hours at 250. Also, I’ve always had better luck probing laterally from the thick meaty side, as opposed to straight down .  Otherwise the probe ends up in fat pockets that read higher.  Visually I’d say they had more to go as mine always contract more off the bone  than that. 
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 17,965
    Toothpick test for the win-never fails.  Never have temped a rib cook so no help there-but I would guess 205-210*F (+/-)  based on chuck roast behavior.  FWIW-  
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  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 8,350
    Forget about the temp, how do they probe?  Plate ribs are generally probing like buttah around 210-215°.  Yours look like they need some more time. 


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  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 18,203
    The bones are hotter than the meat. Hard to temp ribs accurately. When that probe slides in like butter they are ready. Ignore the temp, use the force. 
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  • dinosaurjnrdinosaurjnr Posts: 11
    Appreciate the comments, seems like it might need more time. New to the probe test, will see how it works out. These seem to have a decent amount of fat so thermometer isn’t the best.
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 13,524
    That probe looks like it’s in pretty deep. I suspect it’s on the bone. 
  • dinosaurjnrdinosaurjnr Posts: 11
    I don’t think it was in bone, but based on comments this is headed back on. Guessing needs another hour or so.
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