Baby backs, 3-2-1, Q-view

Discussion in 'Pork' started by whodatatdado, May 23, 2011.

  1. So I tried my hand at some 3-2-1 BB ribs today, but modified a bit.

    Rubbed a single rack with my own mix. It's your standard rib rub with an extra punch of brown sugar and cayenne.

    I loaded up about 3/4 of the ring on my WSM and dumped 20 lit coals on top. Kingsford.

    Heres where I went astray. I read a post by Henry Soo ( I believe his name is Henry) and he stated he likes smoking his ribs at around 275. So that's what I did.

    I also didn't follow the 3-2-1 time limits exactly either. But they were delicious!

    Here we go. Threw them on around 2:30pm.


    Was getting some good smoke from 2 chunks of cherry wood I picked up at home depot. I basted with pineapple juice a few times, just cause I had an open bottle.


    At around 5, into the foil. Here they are right before I foiled them.


    After about an hour, I pulled them off the smoker and let them sit on the counter while I cooked up some korean short ribs, lamb chops and corn.


    It was a bit of a mixed plate, this evening, but we are set for the week.

    Sorry for the bad pic, but the ribs were a hit. They were extremely tender and flavorful. Fall off the bone, but I could still cut them with a sharp knife - a duller knife would have pulled the meat off the bone.

    My first time foiling. I'll never go back to no foil :)


    Here are the Korean kalbi... Just in case you were wondering!


    Not sure if you noticed all the thermometers. Anyone else notice that no two thermometers ever read the same temp. I have been relying on my ET-732... Can I rest easy that it is accurate?
    Last edited: May 22, 2011
  2. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 OTBS Member

    Nice smoke there! Welcome to the SMF family! Keep up the great work, and Thais for the Q-view!
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great looking ribs!   [​IMG]
  4. fpnmf

    fpnmf OTBS Member

    Great Q-View!!!

      Thanks for the pictures of the delicious meal!!

  5. Thanks all. Suggestions or opinions on smoking temps, times are welcomed!
  6. Looks great bet that was tasty.. Nice job
  7. Next time modify it down to 2-2-1, which is more appropriate for Baby Backs. 3-2-1 is for spares.

    Good job.
  8. Thanks Flash.

    My concern with more than an hour in foil is that the ribs will get too tender. I like fall off the bone, but also want some bite.

    Do you find that 2 hours in foil makes them too tender?
  9. realtorterry

    realtorterry OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The only way to be sure is to smoke again!! As for the Maverick, try the boil test & you'll find out how well you can trust it.
  10.  It can be, depending on YOUR taste. As with 3-2-1 or 2-2-1, you have to adjust to the bite you like. I adjust my spares to maybe 3 1/2- 1 1/2- 1 to allow for more bite. For your BB's, give 2 1/2 - 1 1/2- 1 a try. Remember this is not Rocket Science and set in stone, but a guide to work by and adjust to your taste. If not enough bite, rework the numbers some more.
    Last edited: May 23, 2011

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