Rib question

Discussion in 'Pork' started by bosox20, May 23, 2014.

  1. bosox20

    bosox20 Smoke Blower

    This might be a stupid question but..

    Before I got a smoker I used to cook ribs in oven and I would wrap them in plastic wrap, then foil and they would turn out so tender. So my question is, after 2 hours of smoking what about wrapping in plastic wrap then foil and back in smoker?? Would that work and give a more tender rib?
  2. Alot of guys here myself included use the 3-2-1 method. 3hrs smoke 2hrs foiled and 1hr smoke. If u search there are tons of threads on this method
  3. bosox20

    bosox20 Smoke Blower

    I do that too. But I'm asking about plastic wrap inside the foil wrap ?
  4. Im not sure. Hopefully someone else can chime in. But I cant see how my ribs can get anymore tender after 2hrs foil with juice. Haha
  5. scootermagoo

    scootermagoo Smoking Fanatic

    1)     Personally, I wouldn't use plastic wrap in a hot environment.  Who knows what chemicals are being released from that stuff.  Maybe I'm way off on that.

    2)     About ribs being tender, typically, what "tender" is, is a persons opinion.  I prefer a little tug on my ribs, but that doesn't mean they not tender, they are.  The meat pulls clean off the bone.  I don't foil, ever.  I place them in the smoker, let them go for 4 hours and take a peek at that point.  When their done, their done.  No nonsense, no BS, just good, smoky ribs.  I feel that foiling makes them mushy, just like some restaurant chains ribs.........fall-off-the-bone, soupy and mushy, at least up here in Wisconsin.  I've learned to refrain from getting restaurant ribs because I am usually disappointed with them.  Sorry, I wandered of topic there.
  6. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hi BCB,

    I agree with Scooter's first point, I would not use plastic wrap for fear of what might be released in the cook process.

    I also agree that you can get good tender ribs without foiling; however, I do foil and never have I experienced mushy ribs.  With babybacks I use a modified 2-2-1 going 2 hours in the smoke 1.5 in the foil and 1.5 back in the smoke.  Good tender ribs that have a tug and are never mushy.

    Good luck,

  7. beerguy

    beerguy Fire Starter

    Yeah I wouldn't use plastic wrap. I have a friend that uses oven bags in the smoker often. This works great and is made for hot environment.
  8. demosthenes9

    demosthenes9 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Bosox, you probably could use plastic wrap, but there really is no need to for ribs.   IF you want to steam/braise, just wrap in foil.
  9. bosox20

    bosox20 Smoke Blower

    Got it. Thanks guys. Just an idea I would float out there. Making ribs again Sunday. Can't wait 😜

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