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Advice on Baby back and Spare at the same time

jfol Posts: 4
Wife wants Baby Back and I prefer spare.  Smoking indirect - any advice for both at the same time? 


  • lousubcap
    lousubcap Posts: 31,962
    First up welcome aboard and enjoy the journey.  Above all, have fun.
    You certainly can cook both at the same time .  In most cases the bb's will finish sooner than the spares (are you cooking the spares as spares or trimmed St Louis style?) by anywhere from 30-60 minutes so you may want to stagger the start but the cut of the meat will be the real driver.  If running around 250-270*F on a calibrated dome thermo expect 4-5 hrs for the bb's and more as noted above for the spares.  
    Regarding the finish-line, I use the toothpick test.  Insert a toothpick in the meat between the rib bones and when you get no resistance, they are done.  This test works for any type rib cook.  FWIW-
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  • Foghorn
    Foghorn Posts: 9,765
    As always, @lousubcap provides the good advice.  Just start the spares a little earlier.

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  • RyanStl
    RyanStl Posts: 1,050
    I would just cook both at same time and pull each when ready. There are so many variables even two of the same kind may finish slightly different. I would love to know how yours turns out.
  • jfol
    jfol Posts: 4
    Appreciate the help - such a great community - always great advice