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Pork Ribs Question...

YetiBobYetiBob Posts: 61
edited 6:09AM in EggHead Forum
I have been egging for a while now.... I need some refinement.

Do you use a rib rack and cut up your ribs or do you just lay them flat and leave them alone?

When I buy babybacks at Costco they come in a pack of three WONDERFUL racks. I have a Large that I use for my ribs but find it kind of hard to work three racks on the single level. One rack always seems to suffer. I know i could do a raised grate and put one up high, but i think I would need to do a fair amount of rotating to get them even.

Does cutting them up and putting them in a vertical rack work the best or should I rotate on a raised or single to stop from sacraficing a rack to the gods?

I APPRECIATE any thoughts as do my neighbors (the more I make the more THEY eat)
In Maryland


  • A rib rack might be the easiest.

    You can cut each rack in half and do them vertical.

    I have a XL and can do 3 racks flat and elevated. :)
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,880
    Vertical racks work O.K., but ribs laid flat always seem to come out just a little better. Also vastly easier to sauce at the end, if saucing. Still, whenever I need to do a bunch, I do them vertical, and use skewers to make sure the pieces don't lean into each other.
  • Celtic WolfCeltic Wolf Posts: 9,773
    Any way you want to cook them.. Some folks use racks, some don't. Some trim them some don't.

    I do them indirect and never lost a rack yet.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 22,890
    flat gives them a nicer appearance, im not too worried about that :laugh: do what you have to do to get them in there
  • Car Wash MikeCar Wash Mike Posts: 11,244
    I have done it both ways and really don't have a preference. If want to make sure the last few ribs (the ones that hang over the plate setter) don't burn cut them in 1/2 and use a V-Rack.

  • safetymansafetyman Posts: 80
    I have a large and use an adjustable rig. I buy my ribs at Costco and do 6 slabs at a time flat on the grate and they come out great. When I first put them on I kind of bend them to the contour of the grate and put the largest slabs in the center. I like them better paid down rather than in a rack.
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