Question on use of vertical rack for covered, indirect-heat cooking

Discussion in 'Pork' started by yogioneill, Aug 16, 2017.

  1. yogioneill

    yogioneill Newbie

    Hi - I'm going to try to cook some ribs over an open charcoal fire next weekend and am wondering how using a vertical rack will affect things. I'll be a charcoal fire in a walled-in circular fire pit - the ribs will be set on a grill grate about 1 foot over the coals and placed over a drip tray filled with water. I'm going to toss some wood chips on the coals and then thoroughly tent the ribs with a big dome of aluminum foil, let them cook for an hour, uncover, flip, cover, and cook for another half hour or so. The idea is to create a makeshift smoker of sorts.

    My question is this: the recipe I'm working from (link below) has the ribs laid flat on the grill. I'm going to be cooking enough ribs that they'll have to be in a vertical rack. Does anyone have any idea whether this method will still work? Does it need to be modified in order to cook the ribs evenly? Thanks very much for any help!

    Recipe here: 
  2. smokinal

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

    If your talking about a standard rib rack, they work just fine.


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