No wrap

Discussion in 'Pork' started by bishgeo, Jun 27, 2014.

  1. bishgeo

    bishgeo Smoking Fanatic

    Any body doing ribs and butts with out wrapping.
  2. fourthwind

    fourthwind Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    There are a lot of people who do no wrap ribs, but in my opinion you do not get consistency with the no wrap method, and depending on the rub you use you could get a bit of a tough bite due to a heavy bark.

    Not many folks I know do pork butts without wrapping.  Takes a lot longer to finish, the bark could get very dark(sugars burn), and a drier end product in my opinion.
  3. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've done ribs with & without wrap. The wife says never to do it without again. [​IMG]
  4. trikefreak

    trikefreak Smoke Blower

    I never wrap either. Both cooked low and slow. I haven't used sugar on my food since junior high, so I don't have thick bark problems.
  5. Never wrap either and never had an issue.  My ribs are always tender and juicy and my butts have a nice bark that mixes in well when I pull it. 

  6. I have wrapped butts and they come out awesome. I think the next one i will try without. I do my ribs without wrapping and love the way they turn out, but i think its all personal taste. I enjoy my ribs with some bite, not totally fall off the bone texture.
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I am another guy that wrapped Ribs using 3-2-1 at 225°. Then went to 4 hours at 275°F for two cooks. The family jumped all over me and said I have to foil and use my Foiling Juice, OR ELSE!. I like both but 4 to 1 wins out. Butts I and the rest of the crew like smoking Butts straight through...JJ
  8. danbury

    danbury Smoking Fanatic

    I never wrap till I remove from the pit to rest. Never had any issues.
  9. Never wrap never will. I love bark!!!

  10. talan64

    talan64 Meat Mopper

    I've been wrapping my ribs, since I started smoking (3-2-1 -ish).  I used to wrap my pork butt, but tried without last time, because I have been disappointed with the "mushy" bark.  It came out great!!

    I will not be wrapping pork butts any more as long as time permits.

    Here is the post I made with some q-view of the unwrapped pork:
  11. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    She that must be obeyed  [​IMG] prefers the wrapped versions, personally I like the bark.  Best to follow her idea. . . . . . . .

    Good luck!!
  12. talan64

    talan64 Meat Mopper

    I got my wife to fall in love with the bark early on.  Good and bad with that though.  She let's me cook it so we get great bark (good)......but I have to share the crispy piece with her (bad)....
  13. Happy Wife, Happy Life!

  14. The best pork butt cooker in the world, Chris Lilly, doesn't wrap his butt's. Just saying.
  15. I wrapped my first butt and it was moist and awesome but both my wife and I missed having some of the bark, so this time I am doing a no wrap and see how it goes.
  16. [​IMG]To the No Wrap Bark Club! [​IMG]
  17. danbury

    danbury Smoking Fanatic

    As said so many times, it's all a matter of what you like in the end.  
  18. talan64

    talan64 Meat Mopper

    Very well said!! 

    You should try both ways and determine which YOU as the chef prefers (as long as momma agrees)! Then you know how to cook it all the time.
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2014

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