Rainy day 3-2-1 ribs

Discussion in 'Pork' started by keitha, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. keitha

    keitha Smoke Blower

    Got a bonus day off today, so I am playing with my pit.

    I rigged up my stoker to my new offset. In the past, I used it with 18.5 WSM.


    I put these 2 beauties on with the intention of doing a 3-2-1 cook:


    I am about an hour and half into the cook, and it's definitely not as smooth holding temps as the wsm. I am thinking I might have to upgrade the fan size.

    I am also struggling with vent...it's halfway open now, and it seems reasonably happy there.

    I'll check back in a while...
     
  2. smokinal

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

    Great start buddy!

    Good luck!

    Al
     
  3. keitha

    keitha Smoke Blower

    Thanks Al!

    After two hours:


    Pretty satisfied with that. Sauced and wrapped them.

    I am definitely going to put together a wire mesh basket, which I think will help with maintaining a smooth temp range. Also, going to run it with the vent fully open for the next two hours, to see how it goes.

    back in a couple...
     
  4. smokinal

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

    [​IMG]

    Al
     
  5. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks good so far

    Richie
     
  6. is it ok to have lick marks on a computer screen???  Looking/lickin good
     
  7. keitha

    keitha Smoke Blower

    Ha! Thanks for following guys!

    Gaining on it..


    Still a ways to go, as far as tenderness goes..starting to get bendy  :)

     I un-stokered it and went back to stick burning...I like the heat and smoke better and I would rather be burning wood.

    Dinner is at 5ish!
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2016
  8. smokinal

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

    Looking better each photo!

    Al
     
  9. keitha

    keitha Smoke Blower

    here is the final product, glazed up and looking purdy:


    Up close and personal:


    They are resting now, pics of some sliced to come in a little while. [​IMG]  
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2016
  10. keitha

    keitha Smoke Blower

    Today's lessons:

    1. Stoker...nope, nope, nope. 

    I really wasn't a fan of the smell of the smoke, the occasional dips, etc. I am sure I could tweak the process to make it work, but I really like the quality of the heat and smoke that comes from burning splits.

    2. This smoker seems to thrive in the 250 - 300 range. I can, with strict attention, keep it there without any problem. I now understand why Aaron Franklin recommends 275. It really seems like the sweet spot for a stick burner.

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    Last edited: Mar 28, 2016
  11. keitha

    keitha Smoke Blower

    Definitely didn't nail tenderness, although it was close. My temp control was a mess and it showed. Flavor was good, especially when served with a side of buttered Portuguese sweet bread!


    Thanks for reading!!
     
  12. keitha

    keitha Smoke Blower

    one more pic:

     
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  13. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice smoke ring,did you probe them to see if they were tender?

    Richie
     
  14. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    Points Sir! Good info and nice q view. I never thought why, but I stopped trying to keep my horizontal offset below 275 too. Looks like a great way to spend a rainy day off!
     
  15. keitha

    keitha Smoke Blower

    Sure did Richie...I used a toothpick and I knew they weren't quite there, but it was getting late and the object of the exercise was to test out the stoker, so I wasn't too worried if they weren't perfect. I like them when they tear in the middle, definitely not falling of the bone, so I erred on the side I prefer. They were definitely bite through, just a tad extra chew. As I said, the stoker was all over the road (my fault, not the unit), so I just wanted to finish things up.

    Thanks for commenting!
     
  16. keitha

    keitha Smoke Blower

    Thanks!

    Yeah, it definitely seems grouchy at the lower temps!
     
  17. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Keith I know how it can be trying to work the heat.I did a brisket on Thursday with 20 plus MPH wind.I thought I left a point behind before,but it didn't show.Ya got it now I love that color

    Richie
     
  18. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Don't know about tender but these ribs look great!

    Disco
     
  19. keitha

    keitha Smoke Blower

    Thanks a lot, Disco!
     

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