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3-2-1 Babyback Ribs

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mr toad
mr toad Posts: 781

I am smoking baby back ribs Saturday - I am using the 3-3-1 method – and I am using CGS Expander – 4 racks of ribs on two levels –

 My question concerns exchanging ribs on the top and bottom grates – Please suggest – when an how may times

 

Thank you – Mr. Toad


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  • WeberWho
    WeberWho Posts: 11,097
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    I can't help much with rotating but 3-2-1 is going to be too long for baby backs. You might think about going 2-1-1 and that might be too long with foil. 

    3-2-1 is typically for spare ribs. You might have fall of the bone ribs with the 3-2-1 method. Unless you're looking for fall off the bone ribs. 
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  • Mark_B_Good
    Mark_B_Good Posts: 1,539
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    Yeah, I would foil for 1h ... and test the ribs. 1.5h MAX in foil. 2h they will be mush for sure.
    Napoleon Prestige Pro 665, XL BGE, Lots of time for BBQ!
  • ColbyLang
    ColbyLang Posts: 3,545
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    It ends up being like 2.5-.5 -.5 for babybacks, 3-2-1 is too long
  • jdMyers
    jdMyers Posts: 1,336
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    I don't know if this will help. I stack my ribs on knives edge or bone edge down.  Just prevents flare up.  Not necessary.  Rotating won't really be an issue. 

    First 2 to 2.5 hours on egg.  To get the  primal red color you like.  When the seasiong stops sticking to your finger.  Or seasiong doesn't fall off.  Once both are achieved.  Time to wrap. 

    Add your butter or brown sugar etc and some sort of liquid.  Juice etc.  Foil and on the egg until the twist of the bone is the break free you like. 

    Then Out of the foil, sauced and on the grate for marks until the sauce and color is what you like.  Then they are done. 
     
    Fall off the bone.  Or single bite and pull or I can pull the bones out or I can fold it but not break method.   Which ever.  Take photos.  Enjoy the moment.  Tell us the story.

    Jd
    Columbus, Ohio
  • pgprescott
    pgprescott Posts: 14,544
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    Yeah, I would foil for 1h ... and test the ribs. 1.5h MAX in foil. 2h they will be mush for sure.
    They will be mush way before two hours (no more than 45-1hr in foil for baby backs). Especially if you cook them 2.5-3 hours naked. Unless you ride at 200 degrees I suppose. 😁
  • 4TheGrillOfIt
    4TheGrillOfIt Posts: 741
    edited October 2022
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    The times I have used my extra rack I rotated from bottom to top about half way through the to account for the radiant heat from the dome.

    My unsolicited advice for baby backs is 3 hours at 300F.  No wrap, and rotate the bottom to the top half way through to account for the radiant heat.  Then start checking them for tenderness.  Some racks may be tender at the 3 hours but most will probably take an additional 30 minutes.  Mop or spray them periodically after rub has set.  
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  • Mark_B_Good
    Mark_B_Good Posts: 1,539
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    Yeah, I would foil for 1h ... and test the ribs. 1.5h MAX in foil. 2h they will be mush for sure.
    They will be mush way before two hours (no more than 45-1hr in foil for baby backs). Especially if you cook them 2.5-3 hours naked. Unless you ride at 200 degrees I suppose. 😁
    Yeah, I agree. That's why I said check at 1h ... probably they are done.
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