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When are spare ribs done?

skihornskihorn Posts: 600
edited 7:38PM in EggHead Forum
Although I have a fair amount of experience with baby backs, today is my stab at spares. I am using Car Wash Mike's recipe (which I know specifies babybacks). Cooking at 210 for three hours and then bumping to 250. About how long should it take? For babybacks last time I went about 5.5 hours. Are spares going to take longer since they are bigger? What is the best way to tell if they are done? I've got a Thermopen, but I know it is hard to get an accurate read on ribs.

Thanks in advance!

Freddie
League City, TX

Comments

  • Car Wash MikeCar Wash Mike Posts: 11,244
    The bend test. Pick up and if they bend about 90 degress (not all the way) they are done.

    Mike
  • skihornskihorn Posts: 600
    From the expert himself - Thanks Mike!

    I know your recipe says you do almost exclusively babybacks but do you have a feel for how much longer (if any) spares will take as opposed to babybacks?

    Freddie
    League City, TX
  • Car Wash MikeCar Wash Mike Posts: 11,244
    Easy on the expert.
    Hour to hour and 1/2

    Mike
  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    Mike is absolutely right "the bend test", spares will take an hour or two longer than BBs, because they are a little tougher cut, when they pull away from the bone is also a check for doneness. :)

    Capt Frank
    Homosassa, FL
  • skihornskihorn Posts: 600
    Thanks! May be a late dinner tonight. I just misted them and they look great.

    Freddie
  • SqueezeSqueeze Posts: 707
    I consider them done when I blow the end bone out and it stays on the grill clean.....
  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    That's the best test I've ever heard! :laugh: :laugh:

    Capt Frank
    Homosassa, FL
  • "blow the end bone out".

    Can I get a translation from "'Q-speak" to English on that one? ;)
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