first time on the smoker should I spray?

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by paddyboy, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. I am going to smoke my first set of ribs should I spray them as they cook and if so should it be just apple juice or something else?
  2. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Some people spray, some don't. For your first time I would suggest you spray. Next time don't and see which way you like better. A lot of people use a mix of apple juice and rum to spray with. Straight apple juice would work fine also.
  3. olewarthog

    olewarthog Meat Mopper

    If you have more than one rack, spray one & not the other(s). If you only have one, you could (gasp) cut it in half & only spray one half.
  4. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I used to spray the ribs I smoked, but have gone away from it lately, I didnt like opening the smoker, and I prefer the bark I get on the ribs now.

    When I did spray, I used apple juice, or cranberry juice, some olive oil, and sometimes some rum, Jack, or Jim Beam.
  5. Ok sounds good I got a large rack of spare ribs and a rack of baby back ribs. Will the babyback good faster I have read different things. I am trying to prove my wife wrong and not screw this up.
  6. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The BB's will finish before the spares. Are you going to foil them or leave then al natural?
  7. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Have fun on the Smoke...You're getting a lot of good responses here. Post pictures when you can.
  8. I was going to leave them natural do you suggest foil and how long would you say the baby backs will take to cook?
  9. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you want to "impress" the wife (and keep it on the safe side) use the 3-2-1 method. 3 hours unwrapped, 2 hours wrapped with a sprinkel of apple juice, 1 hour unwrapped to firm them back up. It produces fall off the bone tender ribs and is a very foregiving method [​IMG].
  10. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    This will help you with foiling times etc. BB's and spares run different as is explained here.

    I have also done countless racks with no foil and they are great too. About 4hrs @ 225° for those or until done.
  11. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i've gotten to the point where i only spray if i am already fiddling around (putting in wood, turning meat etc.); having said that, i do beleive it is a necessary step.

    whatever you do, don't spray until 2 hours into the smoke or you will spray your rub off.

    i would also suggest adding a little bit of some kind of oil to the spray. it doesn't ahve to be much - i add about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of olive oil to 2 cups of mop and have had no problems. i've also used melted butter with a little olive oil to help emulsify it into the mop and keep from clumping.

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