holding ribs

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by simple, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. simple

    simple Smoke Blower

    Potluck at work, originally scheduled for the beginning of the shift. Plan was to smoke 4 racks of ribs in the drum before going in, wrap them in foil and towels, and hold them in a cooler. No problem, right?

    I found out today the schedule has changed and the meal has been moved back 4 hours to the middle of the shift. Soooo... The only option for reheating is to nuke them, and that ain't gonna happen if I can figure out a way to keep them hot for 4 hours. I have kept packers and butts for 6-8 hours with no issues, but I'm not sure the ribs have the mass for that to work. Thoughts?

    I also have a roaster oven (I think it's a 22 quart). I'm wondering if I can foil them and keep them warm in that? Just it at a low temp and keep the lid on? Maybe a wet towel on the bottom to keep moisture in?

    Any advice would be appreciated.

  2. hank2000

    hank2000 Smoking Fanatic

    Rap good put them in a small cooler but one they fit in well. If you can find some good grade hot packs packed around them will help hold the heat with out drying them out. Good luck
  3. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I would cook them just shy of done (like 20-30 minutes from being done), then refrigerate them and reheat them in the roaster. That way they don't overcook when you reheat them. 
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    If the oven goes low enough, 150, you can hold them that way. Or heat a couple of clean Bricks to 200°F. That will give the extra mass...JJ

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