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. It'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 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.

    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: 
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2017
  2. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Should work fine.  Just be sure there's room between the ribs in the rack for the heat to circulate all around  If you pack them against each other, they'll cook unevenly.   
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Rib racks work well. For your cook, l suggest swapping inside ribs with outside as well as flipping...JJ
  4. yogioneill

    yogioneill Newbie

    Great - thanks all!

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