Help with procedure for defoiling spares

Discussion in 'Pork' started by viper, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. viper

    viper Smoke Blower

    I am running close to a 3 2 1 method.  the foiling seems to go pretty smooth but the defoil is nothing short of frustrating.  All those liquids in the foil, hot meat, and when you push a touch too far like me, delicate meat.  How do you guys handle this procedure "cleanly" without injury?  After I get the racks out of the foil, I glaze them with my sauce and try to get them back in the smoke.  Almost a 2 man job.  Hot smoker, hot meat, etc.  Probably would be A LOT better situation if I had a barrel style smoker where the lid will open all the way.  My racks try to run back in as I slide the meat on, etc.  Oh, did I mention the meat is hot???  I need sanitary yet insulated gloves...
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I have the same problem, because everybody here wants fall of the bone ribs & they are usually falling apart trying to get them out of the foil.

    I found that if you cut the racks in half before you smoke them they are very easy to pick up with a set of tongs.

    It also sounds like you may be using too much liquid in the foil, about 1/4 cu is all that's needed.

    Hope this helps.
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Remove the ribs from the smoker and allow to rest 2-3 minutes for the foil to cool a bit. Grasp one end and hold the foiled slab vertically over a bowl and poke a hole in the bottom end to drain the juices. Then open the foil, carry over to the smoker or grill and gently Flip the ribs over on to the rack. Your hands don't ever touch the meat and you may not even need gloves...JJ
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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  5. kielbasa kid

    kielbasa kid Smoke Blower

    Exactly!!!!  Slow down and take your time.  Your work of art isn't going anywhere.  The exciting moment of truth can wait 10 moments.

  6. I love these tips. Make me look good around the 2 fir ranch.

  7. garyt

    garyt Smoking Fanatic

    I just bought a pair of gloves from Granger, vinyl coated jersey gloves. Good for BBQ temps and easily cleaned. I believe I paid $3.27 for the pair. this was for a test so I just bought one pair, next time ill get 6 pair.
  8. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I don't foil ribs myself but when foiling butts I use a restaurant steam table pan, works great won't leak and will last forever. [​IMG]

  9. jsdspif

    jsdspif Meat Mopper

    I have the same foil problems . I cut my slab into 2 or 3 sections and when I wrap them I usually mange to poke a pinhole or larger in at least one of the packets , I tried heavy duty foil and still had a hard time . For a batch I'm doing tomorow night I've bought some disposable aluminum pans and I'm just going to put them in the pan when it's time to foil and cover it with a sheet of foil . I usually try to reuse the pan a few times . They were $3.24 for 3 pans so it's not that bad , but if I can just wash them off and get a couple uses out of one I feel like I'm really saving money .
  10. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What meateater said,

    My foiling stage is done in a steamer pan

    All ribs are placed in a rib rack, for 3 hours then transferred to the steamer pan, covered with foil, cooked 2 hours, removed from pan and the pan stays in the smoker to the side, ribs are firmed up then placed back in the pan.

    They get a good rest, are removed and sliced, placed back in the steamer pan and are sauced with BBQ Sauce and the drippings.

    I do not remove the fat from my rib drippings






    I even do all my prep work in the pans





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