First try at Baby Backs

Discussion in 'Pork' started by mikesmokintx, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. mikesmokintx

    mikesmokintx Newbie

    Only been smoking for less then a year. Have a cheap water smoker i got as a gift. Not the best but gets the job done. I have read a lot of post on here and combined what I read and gave it a try. I was going to attempt the 2-2-1. I watched youtube on how to trim them up and attempted that. Just bought a general rub and then put them on the smoker. I kept at 250 pretty steady. After the 2 hours I was a little nervous on how they would turn out. Wrapped in foil with some brown sugar and apple juice. I like them sweet so that was the flavor profile I was going for. After another 2 hours and I struggled to get them out of the foil with out falling apart. Was it to much time in the foil? I wanted it to stick a little more. I ended up getting some back on the smoker with a light coat of sauce for a little. 

    Overall I think they turned out good for my first time. Didnt turn out exactly like I expected but as long as they taste good its a win. 

    Here are some pics.

                                     After the foil.....

    Finished product 

  2. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Those look pretty tasty from here, Mike! Nice going, and it only gets better!

    BTW it looks like this is your first post...when you have a chance, stop over in the Roll Call forum and introduce yourself. It'll give the members the chance to give you a proper SMF welcome!

    Last edited: Jun 1, 2013
  3. demosthenes9

    demosthenes9 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good looking ribs for the first time out.    And yes, you are correct.  If they were too tender for you, then cut back on the amount of time that they are foiled.   Always remember that 2-2-1 is only an approximate guideline.
  4. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The 2-2-1 and 3-2-1 guidelines are normally done at 225*. At 250 you would certainly need to adjust the times. Even at 225* you may need to adjust the times to get them to your liking. That batch looked pretty good to me. Keep trying and adjusting, and eating your "mistakes".
  5. mikesmokintx

    mikesmokintx Newbie

    Thanks I'll have to give them a try at 225.
  6. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    Your ribs look Great!!! Congratulations!!!!
    As others said, tweak your times until you find what works for you!
    I have had them almost fall apart coming out of the foil but that last hour on the smoker seems to firm them back up!
  7. woodchucks

    woodchucks Smoke Blower

    They look great....
  8. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    They look very good,next time you want a 'Bityer" Rib, leave the foiling alone, baste if you must , but no foil, JMHO.
  9. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They look great to me.
  10. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    And them ribs look awesome.
    Great job

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