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How many on a large?

Hello Ladies and Gents,

Doing some 3/1/1.5 ribs and was wondering how many racks I should be able to fit comfortably.  I have seen photos of the ribs rolled in a roll....how does that work out?  I usually cut my racks in half and stand them up in a stainless rack and lean two half racks on the ends.....followed by wrapping them in foil and stacking them up....and then the magic happens in the last segment when they get basted every 15 or so minutes.  More than five during the basting seems crowded.  Could I be doing it better and getting more ribs on my large?

Thanks
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  • td66snrftd66snrf Posts: 1,686
    What type of ribs? 
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE, SMALL, MINI, 2 Kubs, Fire Magic Gasser
  • RajunCajunRajunCajun Posts: 720
    St Louis
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  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 5,667
    edited November 8
    How many racks do you need? You can squeeze quite a few with vertical racks etc howevwe flow across the ribs is compromised ....12 ribs per rack +- if just cooking for a couple people why overcrowd it...personally I'd go No more than 4 but you can pack them in
    Visalia, Ca
  • RajunCajunRajunCajun Posts: 720
    lkapigian said:
    How many racks do you need? You can squeeze quite a few with vertical racks etc howevwe flow across the ribs is compromised ....12 ribs per rack +- if just cooking for a couple people why overcrowd it...personally I'd go No more than 4 but you can pack them in
    I’ve done 4 many times.  Would love to squeeze 5 this time 
    The problem with a problem is that you don't know it's a problem until it's a problem.
  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 17,930
    Skewer them all together and stand in end for the first part of cook.  When you foil you can stack.  Then they’ll be smaller for last part, skewer again if needed.  I bet you could do 6-8 racks. 
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
    LBGE, MM, BS (Blackstone and the other kind)
    One sorry Labrador

    My chili did not suck. My wings either. 
  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 17,930
    On. Not in.  Edit button broken. 
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
    LBGE, MM, BS (Blackstone and the other kind)
    One sorry Labrador

    My chili did not suck. My wings either. 
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 5,667
    lkapigian said:
    How many racks do you need? You can squeeze quite a few with vertical racks etc howevwe flow across the ribs is compromised ....12 ribs per rack +- if just cooking for a couple people why overcrowd it...personally I'd go No more than 4 but you can pack them in
    I’ve done 4 many times.  Would love to squeeze 5 this time 
    You could squeeze it in, that's 60 ribs +-
    Visalia, Ca
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 14,212
    20 racks

    https://eggheadforum.com/discussion/62119/20-racks-of-ribs

    Read thru the thread. "Unknown" is Chef Will, the guy who did the cook.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

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    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • RajunCajunRajunCajun Posts: 720
    20 racks

    https://eggheadforum.com/discussion/62119/20-racks-of-ribs

    Read thru the thread. "Unknown" is Chef Will, the guy who did the cook.
    I saw that post years ago.  I would question the whole air flow aspect and that many ribs would make it tough for me to baste them individually in the last hour.
    The problem with a problem is that you don't know it's a problem until it's a problem.
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 14,212
    20 racks

    https://eggheadforum.com/discussion/62119/20-racks-of-ribs

    Read thru the thread. "Unknown" is Chef Will, the guy who did the cook.
    I saw that post years ago.  I would question the whole air flow aspect and that many ribs would make it tough for me to baste them individually in the last hour.
    Agreed. Plus, it's a direct cook! And yet he seemed completely satisfied with them. I guess the point is, if he can do 20, anything less than that is probably possible.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • RajunCajunRajunCajun Posts: 720
    20 racks

    https://eggheadforum.com/discussion/62119/20-racks-of-ribs

    Read thru the thread. "Unknown" is Chef Will, the guy who did the cook.
    I saw that post years ago.  I would question the whole air flow aspect and that many ribs would make it tough for me to baste them individually in the last hour.
    Agreed. Plus, it's a direct cook! And yet he seemed completely satisfied with them. I guess the point is, if he can do 20, anything less than that is probably possible.
    True, good point.  I have my doubts but will leave it at that.

    Geaux Tigers!
    The problem with a problem is that you don't know it's a problem until it's a problem.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 25,297
    with a raised setup its pretty easy to have 5 racks standing in a rib rack, two levels, two rib racks, ten racks total. thats where the adjustable rig, spider, and stone comes in handy and you need to move flip more often. i wouldnt have a problem with the chef wil 20 something cook done direct, but i would have done the last 10 minutes on a hot weber gas grill to finish them off to get them crisped up. direct cooks with ribs are done slower around 220 dome, i do ribs direct often. you want to cook babybacks or small st louis with a double grate setup and it does work well
  • RajunCajunRajunCajun Posts: 720
    with a raised setup its pretty easy to have 5 racks standing in a rib rack, two levels, two rib racks, ten racks total. thats where the adjustable rig, spider, and stone comes in handy and you need to move flip more often. i wouldnt have a problem with the chef wil 20 something cook done direct, but i would have done the last 10 minutes on a hot weber gas grill to finish them off to get them crisped up. direct cooks with ribs are done slower around 220 dome, i do ribs direct often. you want to cook babybacks or small st louis with a double grate setup and it does work well


    Thanks for the advice.  I have the CGS two-tier setup and love it for when I do ribs as it allows a second grate and more area to set the ribs flat.  I have 5 slabs in the marinade and will see how it works out.

    Geaux Tigers!
    The problem with a problem is that you don't know it's a problem until it's a problem.
  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 4,266
    I have no advice for the ribs but Roll Tide!

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  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,618
    Fun thread, and the memory of Chef Will and the picture of 20 racks. haha. That's not good cooking, but that post sure got some mileage :)

    Airflow is the key, and I am pretty comfortable with 5 racks in a rib rack. You could easily stretch 2 more in by laying them on top or propping them up here or there, but you'd have to rotate them every now and again. I rotate anyway, even with 5 in a rib rack. If necessary, cut a couple of the small bones off the small end to make them a little shorter to allow you to close the lid without cramming.

    So, my final answer....LOL. Comfortably 5. And with a little extra effort, 7.
    Happy cooking brother!
    Chris
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