My 2nd smoke, my first ribs

Discussion in 'Pork' started by jamesdaclark, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. So today was my second time smoking after a moderate success yesterday. Today I did baby back ribs with a rub and sauce using the 2-2-1 method, lump mesquite coal and apple chunks.

    I was having a hard time keeping a clean fire burning for the first two hours. Luckily my Maverick 733 came in the mail right then. I put the probes in the smoker and found the original thermometer to be reading 70*F  high. I had been cooking just under 200*f when I thought I was at 260*. I am also using a new fire basket that I made this morning that might have slightly too fine of a mesh to let air flow well once the coals start to burn down. I kept the ribs wrapped a bit longer to compensate for the low temps I started with. The results were excellent.

    I'm using foil until the gasket material I ordered shows up.

    Rubbed and ready.

    Done, with some bacon greased and rubbed potatoes.

    Really happy for a first attempt.
  2. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Ribs look good to me?

    Fire basket looks good too?  Just grab it with some tongs and shake it every couple of hours.

    I think you are well on your way to being a true addict!

    Two smokes in two days?  You might be in some real trouble there?

    Now just keep a real close eye on your wallet?

    Good luck and good smoking
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2014
  3. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    After a second look?

    Is your coal basket sitting on the bottom of the firebox?

    If so?  You might want to cut it a little shorter in height.  Suspend it off the bottom of the firebox with a couple of rolled steel rods. Better air flow that way.  Something like this:

    Dang?  Wasn't that a virginal looking smoker?

    My first offset after using the old ECB upright.

    Good luck and good smoking.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2014
  4. I have a larger grate under the fire basket, so it sits higher off the bottom than it used to. The bag of lump charcoal I was using was broken up in to a lot of very small chips too, that may have been a part of the problem. I'm going to try a different brand. When I added new charcoal it would smother it a bit so I hit it with my weed burner to get it going more each time. That really helped. I may also light coals in my chimney and pour them in already burning.
  5. redeyejedi

    redeyejedi Newbie

    Looking good there!

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