2nd attempt at baby backs

Discussion in 'Pork' started by badbode, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. badbode

    badbode Fire Starter

    Yesterday, I made my second attempt at smoking baby back ribs. If you read my first attempt, you know it was a bust.

    I used SAMs ribs and removed the membrane. Rubbed with mustard then a good rub of seasoning.

    This time, I used a different thermometer that I had tested via the boil method. Fired up the MES-40 and waited for temps to get right. During the first 2 hour phase, the temp dropped to 150 and I could not get it to come back up. The MES was saying the internal temp was 280* while my maverick was showing the 150*.

    I figured out that if I remove the drip pan I had placed under the meat, the temps started to balance out. Now my timeline was skewed a bit. I let the temps settle at 240* and just watched the ribs until I could see the bones start to show.

    Once I got that far, I pulled them and wrapped using the Trigg method. Put back in the smoker for 2 hours. After that 2 hours, I pulled them back out and had a heck of a time trying to get them back onto the grates because they were falling apart :). Smoked on the grates for another hour after I brushed them with BBQ sauce.

    Ribs were the best I have ever eaten!! My only complaint was they were a little too tender. But for only my second attempt at smoking meat, I was extremely impressed. Think I'm gonna try a brisket or pork butt.

    Thanks all for the advise so far. It really has helped!

  2. badbode

    badbode Fire Starter

    Oh, I forgot one thing! As soon as I figure out the Q-view thing, I'll post some pics.
  3. Happy to hear they came out better this time. 

    Sounds like they were in the smoker a bit long. Baby backs guideline is 2-2-1. I have yet to cook them that entire amount of time. The last baby backs I made were 2-1-1 and they came out perfect at 250°-275°.
    Here's a how to on posting pics http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/a/how-to-upload-a-photo-q-view-to-your-post
  4. tonybel

    tonybel Smoking Fanatic

    Sounds good to me... But you owes us pics...lol
    Keep smoking and you will get your own technique.

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